Pennsylvania is famous for being the birthplace of American Democracy, the Liberty Bell and, of course, the land of origin of Hershey’s chocolate. It is also known for its dangerous roads, partially due to weather conditions that require ongoing maintenance, which is work that never ends.
It is common for Pennsylvanians to joke about roads always being under repair because it is true- it is an everyday occurrence to find one more detour due to road repairs. In the danger they pose to the public, however, not all streets are equal.
Some roads are hazardous and known to be places where accidents commonly occur, and fatalities are not unusual. These include:
- Philadelphia’s Roosevelt Boulevard, specifically an 11-mile stretch in the Rawnhurst neighborhood.
- Harrisburg is second to Philadelphia, having five problem areas, including a 2.3-mile stretch of I-83.
- Other less known but still dangerous roads are stretches in Pittsburgh (home of the most breathtaking skyline and famous for its black and red inclines), Washington, Lancaster, Chester, Mechanicsburg, Bensalem, Easton, Breinigsville, Bristol and Bethlehem.
Dangerous roads exist all over the country. You are always at risk of an accident if you are a driver. However, there are things you can do proactively to lessen your chances of being in one, such as:
- Ensuring that you never drink and drive. Two drinks are enough to impact your ability to drive safely.
- Making sure you do not use technology devices, such as phones, while driving.
- Making sure that you are in proper health to drive. Most car accidents involve young people and those over the age of seventy. Consult your doctor if you have any questions about your health and how it can impact your ability to drive.
Being cautious will not prevent every accident but will certainly decrease the number of them and, hopefully, the number of yearly fatalities caused by car accidents. By identifying the most dangerous roads in any state, you can remind yourself to avoid those roads and stay on the safe side instead.