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International Highways

Leaving aside the challenges faced by Indian truck drivers, truck drivers from across the world too brave many challenges while driving across diverse terrains across the globe. Here are some of the most dangerous and challenging routes covered by truckers worldwide.

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The Trans-Siberian Highway in Russia

Considered to be amongst the longest highways of the world, this highway in Russia is also amongst the most dangerous, crossing mountains, forests, deserts and diverse road conditions.

Challenges

Tough driving conditions, road covers marsh, gravel, rock, mud, sand and potholes.

Bruce Highway, Queensland, Australia

Truck drivers use this major highway which is considered to be one of the biggest traffic carrier in Australia, for transporting cargo across the region. Major cities along the route include Maryborough, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, and Cairns.

Challenges

Accident prone due to illegal and dangerous driving.

Mexico Federal Highway 1

This 1,711 km highway runs from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. The highway poses to be a difficult drive for freight truck drivers.

Challenges

Unstable road, many twists and turns, dangerous dirt patches.

Stelvio Pass Road, Italy

This mountain pass in northern Italy, is situated at an elevation of 2,757 meters above sea level and is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps. The route is frequented by heavy and large trucks and trailers.

Challenges

Winding roads, tight corners make it difficult for large trucks to manoeuvre.

North Yungas Road

This road leading from road leading from La Paz to Coroico, in the Yugnus region of Bolivia is known to be the "world's most dangerous road".

Challenges

Dangerous cliffs with no guard rails, rock-falls in summer, muddy track.

Halsema Highway, Philippines

Located 7,400 ft. above sea level, the highway covers mountainous towns of Bauko, Sabangan, Bontoc, and Sagada. Trucks deliver essential cargo to these locations.

Challenges

Asphalt portions of the highway get slippery, frequent landslides.

Ruwaished Highway, Jordan

Once a very popular trucking route, this has now turned out to be one of the most perilous route due to ISIS intervention and associated terrorist activities in the region. This route once generated close to $1 billion in trade a year.

Challenges

Unsafe, dessert terrain, presence of bandits waiting to loot cargos.

Pan-American Highway, USA

Moving across the mainland Nations of America, this renowned highway is used by truckers to generate revenue worth billions of dollars through transport of cargo. This is the longest motorable road in the world and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the same.

Challenges

Livestock on road, high temperatures, slippery during monsoons.

N2, South Africa

This route that runs along Cape Town through Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban to Ermelo is the National Highway of South Africa. Covering the major towns of Cape Town, Somerset West, Caledon, Swellendam, Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Humansdorp, Port Elizabeth, Grahams Town, King William's Town, Bhisho, East London, Kokstad, Port Shepstone, Durban, KwaDukuza, Empangeni, Piet Retief, and Ermelo - this is truly one of the most travelled routes amongst South African truck drivers.

Challenges

Unruly driving by motorists leading to frequent accidents.

Nairobi-Nakuru Highway, Kenya

The route is used to transfer cargo in the deepest part of this harsh terrain. The barriers provide little protection for truck drivers plying through this area to keep their vehicles away from intruding animals from the nearby forests and drunken drivers.

Challenges

Road frequented with drunken drivers and animals, poor road conditions, asphalted highway that encourages rough driving resulting in many accidents.