By Lauren Ferrone
Last updated on: April 20, 2018 at 12:43 pm
If you thought Britannia Roundabout was bad, here are seven of the world’s scariest roads that’ll turn your knuckles white as you grip onto the steering wheel for dear life.
1. Tianmen Mountain Rd
Some say this snake-like path (pictured top) is as sacred as the Great Wall of China. Word has it, the road’s 99 sharp bends symbolise what the Chinese believe are the nine palaces in heaven.
At the summit is Tianmen Cave, or ‘Heaven’s Door’, which is a 30m hole in the cliff face. But, getting there isn’t an easy feat. To reach the cave, you need to take a mini bus up through the 99 bends until you get out and walk precisely 999 steep and narrow steps up to the cave.
2. Los Caracoles Pass
Location: Between Chile and Argentina
Sharp turns and nothing between your car and the edge of a massive cliff. Add snow, which Los Caracoles Pass is covered in almost all year, and there’s no wonder this road is a scary route for locals and tourists alike.
Difficult to navigate is an understatement. The Chilean side of the road, in particular, has been dubbed as one of the most winding routes in the world. The path climbs to an elevation of 3175m and has no roadside safety barriers.
Traffic crawls at a snail’s pace as slow-moving heavy vehicles make their way up the slopey surface. If you can get passed the hundreds of metres drop below, the road is maintained regularly and surprisingly doesn’t have a bad road toll.