Driving in the USA, we sometimes get spoiled by the quality of our roads.

Sure, there's traffic and road repairs and a lot of places that are badly in need of road repairs. Driving in road construction is so annoying and confusing for some drivers that we've had to make it part of our defensive driving curriculum.

But for the most part our roads are standardized: the same dimensions, conditions, and materials are to be found in many different places.

In fact, our roads are so uniform in quality that some timid souls panic at the thought of driving on a perfectly ordinary dirt road.

On the other hand, more adventurous people might actually drive in mud for the fun of it.

But in many places around the world, road aren't as uniform and regulated as ours.

On these roads — like Pakistan's Karakoram Highway in the photo here — driving becomes a real adventure.

Do you have a story of driving on an exciting or dangerous road?

Do you think you'd have the nerves to drive on a road like this?
And what is the most adventurous road you've ever driven?
Tell us about it.


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3 Comments

  1. Abigail on 08/19/2012 at 12:42 pm

    I mostly avoiding exciting roads, because I am a driver who is terrified of driving. However, I once encountered a small country road with a turtle crossing it and sat for twenty minutes, waiting for the turtle to finish crossing the road so I could continue. It was both thrilling and breathtaking. At one point, I thought he’d stopped moving, but then I realized he was just getting his second wind.

    I need a more exciting life.

  2. Gene McGuire on 08/20/2012 at 5:49 pm

    The first time I have ever been scared of driving anywhere was in Boston. I had driven in Houston, Chicago, New York and other complained about traffic cities and Boston was the wildest. The Boston drivers are way more aggressive. And instead of four way stops, Boston has four roads that merge into a “rotary”. It’s like merging into a NASCAR race in progress. It’s hell to get into the rotary and equal hell to get out. I have driven 2 lane rural Lousianna roads where the shoulder is literally swamp and I didn’t freak out like in Boston. Yikes!!!

  3. Mike Christophers on 08/24/2012 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve driven a car on the wrong side of the road before, and that was enough of an adventure. In Great Britain you drive on the left and so you have to keep reminding yourself which way to look and which lane to turn into when making a turn. It’s not a mistake you want to make!

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