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Old 04-18-2009, 09:10 PM
 
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That's strange Highway 1 in California is on there. I've driven it, and while it was very beautiful, it was far from SCARY.


I thought Old Fall River Road in the Rocky Mountain National Park was the scariest drive I've ever taken.
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Old 04-18-2009, 09:37 PM
 
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My personal nomination: I-15 from San Bernardino, CA to Las Vegas, NV. While not terribly challenging (except maybe the grade at Cajon Pass) the two problems I think qualify it:

Drivers headed TO Las Vegas are distracted by dreams of the big money they'll win. Drivers returning FROM Las Vegas are distracted by how much money they've lost...

Trucks (in CA) are limited to 55 mph while cars are allowed to drive 70. The difference in speeds is dangerous.

Other sorta-dangerous roads:

I-71/75 in Northern KY: The last few miles are a rather steep hill with curves. Gets very dangerous in inclement weather.

U.S. 68 between Harrodsburg and Lexington, KY. Absolutely scenic views of KY's horse country but trucks should be banned from this route. (I drove it in a truck)

There's also a fairly long list of mountain passes in the Western U.S. that are fairly exciting in inclement weather, too!
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Old 04-18-2009, 09:49 PM
 
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Many years ago I got lost one night on Gold Camp Road, a narrow gravel road that winds for miles in the mountains above Colorado Springs. Hairpin turns, lack of guardrails and steep drop-offs.
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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50 in Nevada was a wonderful experience. I wouldn't call it scary in the least. I loved it. Also, 1 in California had some drop offs but certainly not scary. Also, the Tail of the Dragon is a great ride.
My scariest roads:
1. Climbing to the top of Mt Washington with my 75 year old half-blind granddad driving the car way to fast. I think my brother sh** his pants.
2. The freeway from LA to San Diego (can't remember the number but I saw the worst accident in my life on it and traffic was still wizzing by at 80)
3. 95 from Richmond, VA to Maine.
4. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. ( I drove over it on a very foggy day).
5. The Machinaw Bridge in Michigan. ( I drove over it during a fierce snowstorm).

This is a scary road: (Bolivia)

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Old 04-19-2009, 07:01 AM
 
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I thought Old Fall River Road in the Rocky Mountain National Park was the scariest drive I've ever taken.
really? It was just a dirt road at very high elevation. Was I not paying attention or something?
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Old 04-19-2009, 08:46 AM
 
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really? It was just a dirt road at very high elevation. Was I not paying attention or something?
That was why. A one-lane dirt road with steep dropoffs all over and extremely sharp turns.
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Boston
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most dangerous roads are when americans are driving in the UK.....you think its easy, its SCARY and CONFUSING as hell. Left on Left wtf is that lol

I lived in london for a year, and everytime one of my friends visited me i would have to walk behind them, just so i can pull them back when they try crossing the street and look the wrong way. it sounds simple but its not, its very confusing.
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:56 AM
 
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Nate14ri, that applies to the continent, too! Stationed in Germany, I always was extra cautious when I saw a U.S. Forces-plated vehicle. Even driving on the same side of the road as back home didn't help; right-of-way in Europe is a LOT different than in the U.S...
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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US-75 north of Topeka up to Fairview is called the "Bermuda Triangle:" by the Kansas Highway Patrol. Perfectly straight and flat, good wide shoulders, and about once a month somebody kills themselves on it in broad daylight.
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Columbus,Ohio
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The deadliest roads aren't always roads that are dangerous to drive on. Queens Blvd here in NYC is one of the most dangerous roads in the country to cross on foot. There are 2 express lanes and 2 local lanes. I always get nervous crossing this street. There have been so many deaths of people crossing this street, it's scary. It's really like a highway.





Maybe the city needs to look into installing pedestrian bridges over the road. We have here on the east side of Columbus Ohio ( Hamilton Rd.) just off the I 70 interchange. There is an elementary school where kids from the neighborhood across Hamilton Rd. attend.
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