• Feb 18, 2010
Have you been considering driving from Kabul to Jalalabad in Afghanistan lately? We have some advice for you: Don't do it. Not because you're going to get captured and beheaded by Al Queda or suicide bombed by the Taliban (but hey, both of those things could happen), but rather we advise specifically against the driving part. Yeah, us, Autoblog – we're telling you not to drive. Why? The road, you see, is much too dangerous.

The curving, climbing, dropping, tiny guard-railed, high-altitude road was built by the West Germans in the 1960s and then promptly blown apart by the Soviets in the 1980s. The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in the 1990s didn't exactly fill the pot holes (they are rumored to be elephant size or larger), and while the U.S. incursion might be there to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people, we're A) dropping a lot of bombs that tend to blow things up B) not focused on tarmac. Even if the road were Autobahn-smooth it's barely two-lanes wide and heavily trafficked by over-loaded semi-trucks.

There's also the fact that most Afghanies don't have anything even resembling a driver's license and are probably driving Ladas. Says local fish monger Mohammed Nabi, "I sit right here and watch people crash all day long. The course of history has proved that the Afghan people are bullies. This is why we cannot drive safely." Then there's our favorite part:
The only note of caution is provided by children, who live in the impoverished villages nearby. Often as young as 4 or 5, they stand bedraggled at the bends, using flattened green Sprite bottles as flags, waving the drivers through when the way is clear.
Safety first!

[Source: New York Times | Image: RuckSackKruemel - Licensed Under CC2.0]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 24 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      There are more streets in this world that classify as dangerous and/or beautiful.

      http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/leben/reisen/Die-abenteuerlichsten-Strassen-der-Welt/story/24241722

      Just go through the slideshow and enjoy.
      bob parks
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ja, ziss road is easy, mann. Have driving it many times.
      smallsadsoul
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dead wrong dave. Muslims populate over 25% of France. The are also increasing in Germany and other euro countries. And I find your comments rather stupid and pointless. Whatever you are, you must be ugly. By the way, us muslims invented the wheel. AKA we started this whole thing sucker. Sigh. when will u get a life.


      • 4 Years Ago
      Send TopGear there for Season 15.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And leave them there!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You sir, win!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This reminds me of the infamous Bolivia Death Road. There was a special about it on either the History or Discovery Channel a few years back. Blind, narrow curves, torrential rain, heavy fog, people driving every conveyance too fast, no guard rails, and 1000 foot dropoffs. This sort of thing will make you thankful for our very safe roads here in America. Now if we can somehow get people to stop texting while driving...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am pretty sure the wheel was invented millennia before Mohammed founded the muslim religion, in 610AD, AFTER both Judaism and Christianity.

      I am pretty sure that dude, Grog, from the BC comic strip invented the wheel, and that was probably about 4 thousand years before that, at least.

      And BTW, Afghanistan is hundreds of miles, and many mountains away from mesopotamia, which is modern day Iraq. But they weren't Islamic then, and have spread out since then.

      And BTW... it is the muslims in France who are burning up other people's "wheels". Just sayin' what the news hesitates to report...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The roads in Afghanistan are probably similar to the state highways in Minnesota which our Gov. Pawlenty refuses to take care of. Any small amount of money Tim thinks he is saving us we easily burn up fixing our vehicles. I still get nervous using the bridges here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It still surprises me how people keep feeding trolls throughout the internet... Tsc Tsc...

      A hint to the kids out there: Trolls are like wild animals. Ignore them and move away with no sudden moves. Debating is pointless, don´t even try.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's Daisy Duke's favorite deputy doing on that sign?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, I guess we know where Clarkson and the boys will be next season!
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's a new book by Ted Conover that covers much this territory, at least figuratively:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/18/books/18book.html

      Pretty amazing read.
      Frank
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only good muslim is a dead one!!!!!
    • Load More Comments