World's Craziest Roads

Would you like to venture off the beaten track and onto a dangerous road to get your adrenaline pumping? Perhaps you'd simply like to plan your journey on the most scenic route, or take the longer road less travelled?

Wherever your travels may take you, our fleet of drivers across the globe would like to point you in the right direction. As experts on the road, we want to share an insight to ensure you have a safe and memorable experience.

Record breaking

Dunedin, New Zealand, Baldwin Street

Baldwin Street is a residential street found in New Zealand in a city called Dunedin and is the steepest road in the world with the certificate from Guinness Book of World Records to prove it. There has been a lot of controversy with its acceptance into the book as it was originally entered with a higher gradient and therefore many questioned whether the road is actually the steepest due to the mix up of figures, however, it does still hold the title as the steepest in the world.

Germany, Autobahn

The German Autobahn is a renowned federal controlled motorway system in Germany. Contrary to popular belief only around half of the Autobahn has an advisory speed limit the rest either has a speed limit dependant on weather conditions or a permanent speed limit but these parts of the Autobahn are usually urbanized, accident prone or under construction areas and are well sign posted. The total length of the system is around 8,046 miles and counting. It is one of the biggest road networks in the world only falling short of Chinese, American and Spanish systems.

Australia, Highway 1

Highway 1 is Australia's longest road and the second largest in the world. It Circumnavigates Australia and passes through all the major mainland state capitals and is one of the busiest roads in the world with over a million people travelling on a part of it every single day. The views on this road can be absolutely exceptional as it covers almost all of Australia's habitable areas and because of Australia's ranging environments and flora you have the opportunity to experience so much of Australia's aesthetics.

Scenic

Stelvio Pass, Italy

Likely the most famous mountain pass in the world, the Stelvio Pass in Italy boasts an incredible 1808 meters of gradient gain over 48 hairpin bends and a length of 21.5km. Often described as one of the best drives in the world, its difficulty to master mustn't be underestimated with local drivers often being described as 'homicidal' by the tourists they schauffer through the area. The incredible view are well worth it though!

Amalfi Coast, Italy

The Amalfi Coast stretches from Sorrento south to Salerno in Southern Italy and is a very popular destination. The road is famed around the world and has been in many Hollywood films, known for its hairpin turns and amazing coastal views. This stretch of coast is so beautiful that it has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site as a cultural landscape. The coastline has also featured in such games as Forza motorsport 3, Forza motorsport 4 and Gran Turismo 4.

The Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway

The Norwegian Atlantic Ocean Road is a 8.3km stretch of asphalt which runs across an archipelago of small islands. This road has several causeways, viaducts and bridges and is preserved as a cultural heritage site, and declared frequently as being the world's 'best road trip'. In 2009 it was named as Norway's 'Construction of the Century' and has become quite a tourist attraction since its construction in 2009.

Twisty roads

Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road, China

Located within the Tianmen National Park in the northwestern Hunan province of China this 11km road took eight years to build. A section known as 'Tongtian Avenue' has an incredible 99 turns, many putting you only inches away from deadly steep slopes. At the top there's 'Heaven's Gate' a natural rock arch said to link heaven and earth. For potentially easier access, you could always take the 7km cable car instead?

Paso de los Caracoles, Chile

Steep gradients twinned with 29 hairpin turns down the side of a Chilean mountain side earn the Paso de los Caracoles a place on this list. Although it takes a lot of patience and skill to navigate, this road is a big tourist attraction and actually doesn't have a single fatality on record - in part due to the high level of maintainance conducted on it.

Three Level Zigzag Road, India

With over 100 hairpins in just 30km, this is one of the most dizzing, but picturesque roads in the world. Located high in the Himalayan mountains this road used to be a trade route for silk merchants between Tibet and India and reaches a vertigo-inducing altitude of over 11,000 ft above sea level. Arguably home to the best sunrise in Asia, the Three Level Zigzag Road is a real thing of beauty - be careful though, heavy snow and landslides can strike at any time of the year adding some peril and danger to this route.

Environmental hazards

Passage du Gois, France

This French road is famous for periodically flooding. Not because of any bad weather, but simply twice a day at high tide! This stretch of road links Île de Noirmoutier and Beauvoir-sur-Mer, in the area of Vendée in Western France.

Dalton Highway, Alaska

This 666km (we're not joking, that number's legit!) Alaskan highway is one of the most isolated roads in the world and it used primarily as a transport route for over 100 trucks a day. The risk? Well, aside from the miles of uninhabited landscape, the snow, ice, hail and frequent storms can cause a lot of issues for drivers who are not well prepared for it.

Guoliang Tunnel Road, China

This road is carved into the side of, and through, a mountain in the Henan province of China. It took 13 local villagers 5 years to carve through the rock at a rate of only one metre for every three days work. This 1.2km stretch claimed one villagers' life during construction and many since. The name literally translates as 'The road that does not tolerate mistakes'.

Dangerous

Kabul-Jalalabad Highway, Afghanistan.

This 64km gravel highway through Taliban territory has claimed so many lives over the years that most have stopped counting. Since its construction in 1969 it has deteriorated and vehicle wheels often tread the edges of the chasm below whilst cornering. This testing road surprisingly hosts a large amount of traffic due to the road's important function for trade, aid and all transport between Kabul and Jalalabad. Regulars take the precarious corners at ferocious speed and so often bigger vehicles can cause problems for oncoming cars, especially at night - many fall into the ravine below.

North Yungas Road, Bolivia

Titled 'The World's Most Dangerous Road' by the likes of the BBC and NYTimes, the Bolivian, Yungas Road claims between 200 and 300 lives every year. With no guard rails and cliffs of up 2,000ft, the threat is an obvious one. Much of the 64km road is single lane and rain and fog can often severly hamper visibility, especially dangerous when the road turns to mud after sustained precipitation. Originally built in the 1930's by Paraguayan prisoners, the Yungas Road has well earned its nickname of 'Death Road'.

A285 stretch between Chichester and Petworth

The A285 on the south coast, was recognised by the Road Safety Foundation in 2014 as the most dangerous road in the UK. This is one of the few roads in the UK that has become worse over the last 20 years with increases in both accidents and fatalities. If you're travelling between Chichester and Petworth, maybe look for an alternative route!