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The Road To Hell...

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No, not the M25... these roads are not the most congested in the world but are, for various reasons, considered to be the most dangerous.

Bolivia's North Yungas Road

60 plus kilometres of single lane road - although the word 'track' might be more appropriate in certain spots - from La Paz to Coroico, hanging off a 600 metre cliff via a rainforest. Known as 'Death Road' for the amount of casualties it has amassed, it's some pretty dramatic territory.

China's Sichuan-Tibet Highway

Leading from Chengdu to Tibet, this highway takes in no less than 14 mountains at an average altitude of 4,000-5,000 metres. The landscape also includes river crossings and a rather Jurassic looking forest. Rock avalanches and landslides are regular occurrences.

Ecuador's Cotopaxi Volcano Road

A 40km dirt road from the Panamericana to Cotopaxi Volcano National Park, this terrain would challenge the most agile of off-roaders. Gaping potholes, unstable slopes and precariously little surfacing mean the thrills never end.

Russia's Federal Highway

The unsurfaced road linking Moscow to Yakutsk is cold. Really, really cold - in fact it's the coldest place outside Antarctica. Barely navigable through the winter ice and snow, in summer it becomes a mud bath.

New Zealand's Skippers Canyon

With territory including bridges that barely look substantial enough to carry pedestrians, you actually need a special permit to drive on this winding, narrow road.

Brazil's BR-116 Highway

Covering 4,385km from Fortaleza to Jagurao, the famous 'Highway of Death' claims thousands of lives every year. Along with the road's poor physical condition, its unlucky motorists are also menaced by gangs of bandits.

Norway's Trollstigen

11 hairpin bends are complicated by a particularly steep mountain climb that sees any vehicle longer than 12.4 metres excluded from using the road.

Those unfortunate highways aside, the world's most dangerous countries to drive in can be measured by the number of fatalities every year per million residents. On that basis, Russia is far and away the most dangerous country in the world to drive in, chalking up 184 deaths for every million inhabitants on an annual basis. Greece is next, with 130 casualties per million residents, followed by Poland and South Korea, each posting 120 deaths every year for every million inhabitants. The US comes in at 111 and Belgium at 88, the Czech Republic at 86 and Hungary at 82, then Slovakia at 71 and Turkey at 58.

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