5 of the Most Dangerous RV Routes

America's Most Dangerous RV Routes

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When you hop into the driver’s seat of an RV you are taking a calculated risk. Driving an RV doesn’t take any specialized training or licensing meaning anyone with a driver’s license can hop behind the wheel of a honking motorhome and go wherever they please.

For the most part this is fine, RV wrecks make up a small percentage of total annual accidents. However, there are some areas that RVers frequent that are more dangerous than others.

I want to provide you with a list of the most dangerous drives for RVers in America.

Top 5 Dangerous RV Routes in America

Just a preface on how these particular roads made the list. The following areas experience higher accident ratios and fatalities than average roads annually. They are also located in areas where RVers are likely to be traveling. We are not saying that you should never travel on these roads, just a heads up that these particular stretches of road have an unusually high number of accidents and/or fatalities and may need a steady and experienced hand behind the wheel. 

Highway 2: Montana

You can find Highway 2 in the more northern and remote regions of Montana. RVers may easily find themselves on this remote highway due to its proximity to Glacier National Park, specifically if you’re driving from East to West Glacier. This wide open stretch sees cars and semis blowing through at high rates of speed.

That in itself makes Highway 2 a dangerous road, but the real danger comes from the highway’s remoteness. It can take quite a while for any first responders to get to certain portions of the highway and even longer to get you transported back to a hospital or medical facility. 

Highway 550: Colorado

Highway 550 is a high elevation roadway that takes you through portions of southwest Colorado and more specifically the San Juan Mountain range.

The road can reach elevations of 11,000 feet and experience all sorts of weather. The good news, Colorado has snow plows to move snow, ice and debris off the road. The bad news, in order for plows to operate efficiently the road does not contain any guardrails. If you find yourself on Highway 550, watch the road carefully. 

Interstate 10: Arizona

Several of our readers have likely found themselves on the stretch of Interstate 10 that connects Phoenix to the border of California. This one 150-mile stretch of road made up over 10 percent of all traffic fatalities in Arizona in 2012. So what’s causing all these crashes? Arizona Public Safety Officer Sgt. Dan Larimer contributes the many wrecks to the desert road’s long straight stretches that cause high speeds, aggressive driving, illegal passing and inattentive drivers. 

Dalton Highway: Alaska 

Alaska is home to gorgeous untouched land and there’s a reason it’s known as the Last Frontier. Unfortunately, this means many of the roads may not always be properly maintained. The Dalton Highway is a main Alaskan thoroughfare from Fairbanks to northern portions of the state. This 414-mile dirt stretch is winding, steep and remote. The road actually only averages one fatality a year, but there is no question that it is dangerous.

 

Interstate 95: Florida 

Several snowbirds may find themselves along this tropical interstate along the Atlantic coast of Florida. The views may be nice, but this 382-mile stretch of road had fatal accidents per mile (1.73) than any other road in the US during the five-year period between 2004 and 2008. Many accidents are caused by distracted drivers coupled with the road’s high volume. Always be alert of other drivers on I-95. 

These roads are a little more dangerous than others no question, but if you stay alert, watch your speed and pay attention to other drivers there’s no reason to stay away from them. Here’s to safe travels.