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The Coldest Roads In The World

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You may be dreading the arrival of the winter weather and preparing your car to withstand the horror of the daily commute during the worst months of the year, but you should thank your lucky stars you don't have to use one of these roads to get to work...

Cairnwell Pass, Scotland

The UK's highest stretch of road is on the A93, between Braemar, Aberdeenshire and Glenshee, Perthshire. The Cairnwell Pass started life as a drover's path for herding livestock but is now the road to the Glenshee Ski Centre. Its 670m altitude often sees it cut off thanks to snowdrifts, while the danger is compounded by a section of hairpin bends with a gradient of one in six, known as the Devil's Elbow.

Arjeplog, Sweden

Arjeplog is the site of Sweden's auto industry's cold weather testing ground, where up to 3,000 engineers and test drivers arrive every winter to put the newest cars through their winter paces. Just below the Arctic Circle, the town sits beside the deepest, longest lake in Sweden, Hornavan, which at temperatures reaching -20C, freezes solid. It becomes the perfect proving ground for car and tyre testing, used by numerous manufacturers and tyre companies. If you fancy a go yourself, there are lots of winter driving schools open to the public.

Kolyma Highway, Russia

With a base of permafrost, the Kolyma Highway is regularly given the title of the world's coldest road. It links the Eastern Russian towns of Nizhny Bestyakh and Magadan and is just 100km away from the world's coldest inhabited place, Oymyakon, which has recorded temperatures as low as -50C. Even grimmer, the road surface covers the bones of the Stalinest era slaves, forced to construct it, many of whom died in the process, leading to the gory nickname, the 'road of bones.'

Dalton Highway, Alaska

The 414 mile Dalton Highway leads north from Fairbanks, heading to the Arctic Ocean. The TV series, 'Ice Road Truckers,' showed the hardships of truck drivers working the route, constructed in 1974 as part of the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline project. Only three towns are found on the route, which can host up to 250 trucks daily in the winter to support the area's oil industry. Blizzards and high winds are daily hazards and winter temperatures can reach -32C. This combination of heavy trucks and horror film weather makes for entertaining television, but leaves you grateful you don't have to use the Dalton Highway to make the school run!

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