Bolivia. Highway of Death. Who has the right away on the mountain road?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Dec 16, 2012 6:42 PM Last Post By: chris1953
Dec 14, 2012 3:23 PM
Bolivia. Highway of Death. Who has the right away on the mountain road?Who has the right away when a car meets truck or a car meets another car. What are the rules? Thanks.
Dec 14, 2012 7:36 PM
Dec 15, 2012 12:19 AM
Dec 15, 2012 12:26 AM
Dec 15, 2012 3:33 AM
Dec 15, 2012 1:22 PM
5The only rule that was generally obeyed on the Death Road was that traffic drove on the left rather than on the right as (in theory!) in the rest of Bolivia. This was because the big drops are nearly all on the left, so drivers going downhill could get a good view of how close they were to the edge when needed in tight spots.....! It also meant that drivers going downhill got a better view down the road (if not fogged out) and could pick spots to wait for uphill vehicles to pass (again in theory! Vehicles going uphill have right of way on narrow steeps roads in La Paz and elsewhere).
Other than that pretty much as above, with the possible addition of in the case of 2 vehicles of similar sizes the one with loudest horn wins! Hardly an issue these days as most traffic uses the new road instead.
Dec 15, 2012 7:57 PM
Dec 16, 2012 6:42 PM
7I suggest that before going that you watch the BBC Top Gear "South America" Special.
Agree a lot of the special is bulls*it but Jeremy Clarkson looked genuinely fearful when he had to pass another 4WD on the outside (just near the waterfall and crosses) as the road gave way under his wheels. It may make you change your mind about traversing the el camino de la muerte.
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