Who said driving from A to B had to be dull? Check out these amazing top drives and rides of epic awesomeness to whet your driving appetite next summer.1 – Nature’s rollercoaster Grossglockner High Alpine Road is a ridiculously beautiful ride that meanders down from the stark, cold heights into the flowering valley like a lazy river enjoying its own view. Blue sky, white clouds, pine trees and the Alps. It will have you grinning from ear to ear like a village idiot and thanking God for inventing tarmac and lay-bys. Take a tip and go early in the morning. Beating all the eager cyclists will make your ride that much more enjoyable.
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Our rating = Car 4.8* / Bike 4.8*Tip: Emergency kit Get your vehicle serviced before attempting any high-altitude roads and make sure you have some emergency gear, just in case: - A trusty sat-nav and printed maps - Thermal blanket - Water and snacks - Torch and batteries - Coolant leak repair kit - Basic first-aid kit - Jump cables - Warning triangles - Mobile phone and spare battery (but don’t rely on it) - Tyre foam and inflators 4 – Smoke on water
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Our rating = Car 3.7* / Bike 4.2*6 – Climbing the wall Stelvio Pass is perhaps not the most pretty of drives but at some 2,757 m (9,045 ft) at its highest point, it is one of the highest mountain passes in the Eastern Alps. It is made up of a whopping 48 hairpin bends traversing the northern slope of the mountainside. Stelvio was named Europe’s second greatest driving experience by the BBC’s Top Gear programme in 2008, beaten only by Romania’s Transfăgărăşan Highway.
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