Truck driving can be a dangerous occupation even in the best of conditions, which is why it’s important to have experienced and safe drivers for your LTL and overnight shipping. But factor in thin, winding roads on precipitous cliffs, and the simple act of transporting goods can turn deadly. Here’s a couple of the most dangerous roads in the world.
Yungas Road: We briefly mentioned Bolivia’s Yungas Road, or “Death Road,” as it’s called, last week. If you’re wondering how it got its name, consider that some estimates attribute between 200 and 300 deaths a year to its cliffside, barrier-free lanes. Connecting capital city La Paz to the mountainous Coroico, Yungas Road is barely wide enough for two trucks to pass each other, even though the road hangs on sheer cliff faces. Since 2006, there’s been a new modern route to replace Yungas Road, although many cyclists still take the Death Road just for the thrill.
Guoliang Tunnel Road: Originally built by villagers, it took five years to complete the three quarter mile long tunnel though the Taihang Mountains in the Hunan Province of China. Some workers died during the tunnel’s construction, but today it’s the sheer cliffs you’ll find outside the tunnel that are more dangerous.