Friday’s Top 5: Worst Roads in the USA
You know about the road less traveled?
Well, sometimes, maybe it’s for a reason.
Some roads are not destined for truck drivers hauling across the country. To help you figure out which roads not to take, use our guide below to the Top 5 Worst Roads in the USA and save yourself the hassle in the future.
Since I-10 is approximately 2,460 miles, the portion that is considered the “worst” would be located within Arizona. The 150 mile stretch from Phoenix to the California border is notoriously dangerous, with 85 deaths occurring per year.
It is mostly deserted and has very little to offer, so it is recommended to avoid this route on your drive.
As I-95 is the longest and one of the oldest interstate highways in the United States, the portion to avoid is the part that runs through Connecticut. This part, along the eastern US, cuts through some of the most densely populated cities in the country.
Many accidents occur within an 8 mile stretch in the city of Norwalk, and the highway tends to run through areas with high traffic rates. Skip the long waits and find an alternative route to your destination.
3. Dalton Highway
Though the Dalton Highway in Alaska is known for it’s gorgeous views, it is in your best interest to avoid the route if you are a truck driver. As it is the only route that heads up to Deadhorse, near the Arctic Ocean, it wasn’t really driven with truck drivers in mind.
Meaning, that the winding route through the Brooks Range isn’t exactly ideal, with temperatures that can get to -80 degrees on the worst days. There’s only one fuel stop located at the halfway point, in Coldfoot, which isn’t exactly helpful as well.
Since the route is so isolated, helicopter patrols only go out once or twice a day to look for any broken down vehicles and accidents, so it might be best to stay away from this route as well.
4. Highway 2
Highway Route 2, running east and west, dates all the way back to 1926. Despite its long history, however, this stretch of road has the highest fatality rate in Montana. This is in part due to the weather, where the area is prone to high winds, blizzards, and black ice.
The area is also very rural, meaning that the average time to wait for an ambulance after a crash is 80 minutes. Skip the danger by skipping the road altogether.
5. Highway 550
Highway 550, otherwise known as the “Million Dollar Highway”, is a beautiful route through Colorado and New Mexico. However, for truck drivers, this road is more dangerous than ever to go down.
Originally built to connect mining camps in the 1880s, it has been rerouted several times since, but is still very dangerous. It winds up and down through steep mountains, reaching heights of 11,000 feet. Since there are no guardrails or shoulders, this one accident just waiting to happen. Do your best and avoid it unless you get the chance in a smaller vehicle.
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