We should all be thankful that our daily commute to work does not take place on the Death Road in Bolivia.
I first came across the Death Road in a Bolivian special episode of popular motoring program Top Gear. The dizzying heights and narrow roads with traffic flowing in both directions looked terrifying on my television screen. Fellow viewers of the program will recall a particularly harrowing moment where Clarkson had to share an exceptionally narrow portion of the road with a vehicle coming the opposite way.
The reputation of the Death Road is well-deserved as it actually claims more than 200 lives yearly. But what is less apparent from the video or program is that this road is actually a trucking route that connects several major Bolivian cities. So it is an important road much like AYE is to Singapore and there are Bolivian drivers for whom the dangers of the road is a daily way of life as part of their journey to work.
For those who did not catch the program, here is a video showing the Death Road.
So still think your daily commute is all that bad?