Oklahoma’s U.S. Route 412 Ranked among America’s most feared Road Trips — is that apt?

Oklahoma’s U.S. Route 412 was voted as the Thirty-First most feared road trip in America, in a recent compilation of travel-related information from Gunther Mitsubishi.

Stretching across the state’s northernmost counties, this major east-west route passes through diverse landscapes, including rural areas, small towns, and urban centers.

One of the primary concerns when breaking down on US. Route 412 is the limited services and amenities along the route, especially in more remote areas.

Finding immediate assistance or repair facilities may be challenging, and motorists may have to wait for extended periods before help arrives, especially in less populated regions.

It is crucial to carry emergency supplies, including water, food, and blankets, to be prepared for potential delays.

Additionally, Oklahoma experiences severe weather conditions, including tornadoes, and thunderstorms.

These weather events can create hazardous driving conditions and further complicate the situation for stranded motorists.

It is important to stay updated on weather forecasts, seek shelter during severe weather, and exercise caution when driving in adverse conditions.

Reflections from the publisher of CapitolBeatOK.com:

All of the above comments, from an excellent promotional email sent to newspapers around the country in early July, seem apt for anyone who has traveled the full length of U.S. 412 within the borders of Oklahoma.

And yet … U.S. Route 412 at the far northwest portion coincides with the “Northwest Passage” (as it joins with State Highway 3 and U.S. 283). U.S. Route 412 travels across northern Oklahoma counties (from west to east).

The route enters Oklahoma southwest of Boise City and does not leave Oklahoma until West Siloam Springs, Arkansas. It courses through the cities of Guymon, Woodward, Enid and Tulsa along its way.

Dangerous? At times, certain, as discussed above. But along the way, there’s The Glass Mountains, those “amber waves of grain,” stirring flat vistas with the world’s most glorious sunsets, great cattle and horse grazing areas, areas known worldwide as Native America, the north edge of Tulsa, and the verdant green of the rolling hills of the northeast.

Back to the narrative from Gunther Mitsubishi:

The survey results sent to CapitolBeatOK.com assert that U.S. Route 285 in New Mexico is the most feared road trip in the country – see below …


An accompanying narrative described the research covering “feared” land-travel routes as also descriptive of “the quintessential American summer road trip.”

It is deemed “an epic journey that unites families and friends. It’s an adventure that lets you meander through the tapestry of America’s landscapes, steeped in captivating scenery, quaint towns, and timeless charm. However, behind the enticing postcard-perfect panoramas, a summer trip can quickly become dangerous if you break down in a remote area with extreme summer temperatures …”

Gunther Mitsubishi commissioned QuestionPro to run a survey of 3,000 regular road-trippers and asked them to rank which routes (in each state) across America they fear breaking down on the most.


#1st Most Feared: U.S. Route 285 in New Mexico

The most feared route among American road-trippers is along US Route 285 in New Mexico. This stretch of road traverses vast areas with limited access to services and amenities. Its remoteness means that breakdowns could leave travelers stranded for extended periods before help arrives.

The route often passes through arid desert regions, where extreme temperatures can take a toll on both vehicles and individuals.

Moreover, the highway stretches across long distances between towns and gas stations, increasing the risk of running out of fuel or encountering mechanical issues without immediate assistance.

#2nd Most Feared: California’s Death Valley Road (SR-190)

Unsurprisingly, California’s Death Valley Road (SR-190) came in 2nd place overall. This iconic road, while showcasing the rugged beauty of Death Valley National Park, presents several potential dangers to stranded motorists.

he route traverses a harsh desert environment known for its extreme heat, with temperatures frequently soaring to dangerous levels. This can lead to overheating of vehicles and pose a significant risk to the well-being of people stranded without proper shelter or hydration.

#3rd Most Feared: Texas’ U.S. Route 90

Texas’ U.S. Route 90 was voted as the 3rd most feared. This route often passes through arid regions, where extreme heat and unpredictable weather conditions can be a challenge, particularly during the summer months.

The sparse population along certain stretches may result in longer waiting times for help to arrive. Moreover, cellular network coverage can also be unreliable in certain areas, hampering communication efforts.

#4th Most Feared: Saddle Road (Hawaii Route 200)

In 4th position came Saddle Road (Hawaii Route 200). Saddle Road traverses rugged volcanic terrain and passes through remote areas with limited amenities and services. In the event of a breakdown, finding immediate assistance can be difficult due to the road’s isolation and sparse population.

The weather conditions on Saddle Road can be unpredictable, with sudden rainfall, fog, or strong winds.

This can reduce visibility and make driving conditions treacherous, posing additional risks for stranded travelers. Moreover, parts of the road have steep inclines and sharp curves, requiring extra caution.

Cell phone reception can be unreliable in certain sections, hindering communication for emergency assistance.

#5th Most Feared: Nevada’s U.S. Route 50

And rounding up the top 5 most feared was Nevada’s U.S. Route 50, known as the ‘Loneliest Road in America’. This stretch of highway passes through vast stretches of desolate desert and remote terrain, earning its moniker. The road offers limited access to services, towns, and amenities, making it challenging for stranded motorists to find immediate assistance.

The isolation and sparse population along the route can lead to long waiting times before help arrives, especially in sections where there are vast distances between towns or gas stations.

The extreme temperatures experienced in the Nevada desert, ranging from scorching heat during summers to frigid cold in winter, can add to the difficulties of being stranded without proper shelter or resources.

In the material shared with CapitolBeatOK.com publisher and founder Patrick B. McGuiganJoseph Gunther IV of Gunther Mitsubishi reflected:

“Road trips are a cherished American tradition. The freedom of the open road, discovering new destinations, and sharing laughter with loved ones make road trips truly exhilarating experiences.

“However, amidst the excitement, it is crucial to recognize the importance of being prepared for any unforeseen circumstances. While breakdowns may be rare, they can dampen the spirit of the journey if not properly anticipated. So, embrace the thrill of the road trip, but remember, the best adventures are built on a foundation of preparedness, enabling you to tackle any challenges and keep the joy of the journey alive.”

Notes: Gunther Mitsubishi https://www.gunthermitsubishi.com/most-feared-routes.htm  promised to share similar valuable content in the future. The material came from ‘Apricot Content’, a lifestyle information service that transmits materials to news and information services nationwide: info@apricotcontent.com . Snail mail address: 3415 N.E. 25 Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97212. CapitolBeatOK.com, founded in 2009, is an independent, non-partisan and locally-managed news service based in Oklahoma City. Pat McGuigan, publisher of CapitolBeatOK.com, prepared this material for posting by long-time administrator Joni Menton.