Carretera Federal 1

Carretera Federal 1 is full of blind corners with no barriers or hard shoulders

Carretera Federal 1 is the name of a very dangerous highway in Mexico following the length of the Baja California Peninsula.

How long is Carretera Federal 1?

The road is 1,711 km (1,063 mi) long running from Cabo San Lucas, at the southern end to Tijuana (BC) in the north. Mexican Federal Highway 1 turns into Interstate 5 at the international border with the United States south of San Ysidro, California. The road is often called the Carretera Transpeninsular or Transpeninsular Highway. It’s officially known as "Carretera Transpeninsular Benito Juarez", named after one of Mexico's most revered heroes. Construction of this road was completed in 1973.

Is Carretera Federal 1 dangerous?

Full of blind corners with no barriers or hard shoulders, the road is known as one of the most dangerous in the world. Most of its length is two lanes. It has not protections or guardrails and the road is totally paved. With the lack of shoulders, guard rails and deficient road signs, this road, the road has a fearsome reputation. Shared by freight trucks, oversized RVs and, well, almost every single vehicle on this 1,000-mile-long peninsula, it can get downright hairy, particularly where it twists through the mountains and hugs the coastline between hillsides and sea. Accidents are common and, in many places, guardrails are split open where previous drivers have missed their turns. Some vehicles drive very fast, and the main risk on this road is coming around a blind corner to discover a vehicle proceeding toward you at high speed.

One of the longest straight roads in the world

Running between El Médano and Las Barrancas towns, the road features one of the longest straight stretches of road in the country: 169km (105 miles) without any turn.

 

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