Amazing Mountain Highway Has Giant U-Turn For Drivers Going The Wrong Way

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This could save you a lot of time.

Depending on where you are, missing your turnoff on the highway can be a bit of a nightmare. Maybe you lost concentration for a second or maybe the navigation system temporarily lost its mind but whatever the case, you could find yourself having to drive many miles in the wrong direction before you can turn around again. Unless, of course, you foolishly decide to illegally drive in the wrong direction. In China, engineers in the mountainous province of Guizhou have come up with an ingenious solution to this problem: a mid-highway turnaround or so-called adjustable highway.

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It's quite simple, really. As the footage above demonstrates, this multi-lane highway has an elevated section that allows drivers to make what could be described as one of the widest U-turns in the world, safely turning around and heading back in the opposite direction if they need to do so. As the highway passes through a mountainous region with few opportunities to turn around, this is an especially smart solution. The speed limit for the turnaround section is just 40 km/h (roughly 25 mph), so drivers will have to slow down quite a lot to stick within the legal limit, but there appears to be more than enough space to do this safely.

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While some less cautious road users would find reasons to take advantage of this appealingly curved section of road, most should find it more of a time-saver than anything else. Besides, we wouldn't want to risk any dangerous maneuvers on a road with a dramatic drop on both sides. Of course, you don't have to go all the way to China if you have a Mini Cooper or Porsche Cayman and want to exploit your car's handling capabilities. There are some incredible roads to drive on throughout the United States that provide this opportunity. But China should be commended for a creative and simple solution to a common problem.

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