The quintessential American summer road trip is an epic journey that unites families and friends. It’s an adventure that lets you meander through the tapestry of America’s landscapes, steeped in captivating scenery, quaint towns, and timeless charm. However, behind the enticing postcard-perfect panoramas, a summer trip can quickly become dangerous if you breakdown in a remote area with extreme summer temperatures…
#1st Most Feared: US Route 285 in New Mexico
The most feared route among American roadtrippers is along US Route 285 in New Mexico. This stretch of road traverses vast areas with limited access to services and amenities. Its remoteness means that breakdowns could leave travelers stranded for extended periods before help arrives. The route often passes through arid desert regions, where extreme temperatures can take a toll on both vehicles and individuals. Moreover, the highway stretches across long distances between towns and gas stations, increasing the risk of running out of fuel or encountering mechanical issues without immediate assistance.
#2nd Most Feared: California’s Death Valley Road (SR-190)
Unsurprisingly, California’s Death Valley Road (SR-190) came in 2nd place overall. This iconic road, while showcasing the rugged beauty of Death Valley National Park, presents several potential dangers to stranded motorists. The route traverses a harsh desert environment known for its extreme heat, with temperatures frequently soaring to dangerous levels. This can lead to overheating of vehicles and pose a significant risk to the well-being of people stranded without proper shelter or hydration.
#3rd Most Feared: Texas’ US Route 90
Texas’ US Route 90 was voted as the 3rd most feared. This route often passes through arid regions, where extreme heat and unpredictable weather conditions can be a challenge, particularly during the summer months. The sparse population along certain stretches may result in longer waiting times for help to arrive. Moreover, cellular network coverage can also be unreliable in certain areas, hampering communication efforts.
#4th Most Feared: Saddle Road (Hawaii Route 200)
In 4th position came Saddle Road (Hawaii Route 200). Saddle Road traverses rugged volcanic terrain and passes through remote areas with limited amenities and services. In the event of a breakdown, finding immediate assistance can be difficult due to the road’s isolation and sparse population. The weather conditions on Saddle Road can be unpredictable, with sudden rainfall, fog, or strong winds. This can reduce visibility and make driving conditions treacherous, posing additional risks for stranded travelers. Moreover, parts of the road have steep inclines and sharp curves, requiring extra caution. Cell phone reception can be unreliable in certain sections, hindering communication for emergency assistance.
#5th Most Feared: Nevada’s US Route 50
And rounding up the top 5 most feared was Nevada’s US Route 50, known as the ‘Loneliest Road in America’. This stretch of highway passes through vast stretches of desolate desert and remote terrain, earning its moniker. The road offers limited access to services, towns, and amenities, making it challenging for stranded motorists to find immediate assistance. The isolation and sparse population along the route can lead to long waiting times before help arrives, especially in sections where there are vast distances between towns or gas stations. The extreme temperatures experienced in the Nevada desert, ranging from scorching heat during summers to frigid cold in winter, can add to the difficulties of being stranded without proper shelter or resources.
Georgia’s US Route 27 was voted as the 44th most feared road trip in the country. Stretching approximately 355 miles from the Florida state line to the Tennessee state line, this major route passes through both urban and rural areas. One concern when breaking down on US Route 27 is the heavy traffic it experiences, which could led to collisions, especially near major cities like Columbus and LaGrange. Whilst on the other hand, another factor to consider is the rural nature of some stretches of Route 27. These areas may have limited services, making it challenging to find immediate assistance or repair facilities. The lack of nearby amenities can leave drivers stranded for extended periods, particularly during late hours or weekends. Moreover, some sections of the highway in Georgia are characterized by winding roads, hilly terrain, and sharp curves. These factors can increase the risk of accidents or difficulty in recovering a stranded vehicle.
“Road trips are a cherished American tradition. The freedom of the open road, discovering new destinations, and sharing laughter with loved ones make road trips truly exhilarating experiences. However, amidst the excitement, it is crucial to recognize the importance of being prepared for any unforeseen circumstances. While breakdowns may be rare, they can dampen the spirit of the journey if not properly anticipated. So, embrace the thrill of the road trip, but remember, the best adventures are built on a foundation of preparedness, enabling you to tackle any challenges and keep the joy of the journey alive” says Joseph Gunther IV of Gunther Mitsubishi.