If you're heading up north or hitting the road for the upcoming 4th of July holiday, be sure you use extra caution when you're behind the wheel on these roads, because they're the deadliest highways in Minnesota.

We love our cars, SUVs, trucks and other vehicles here in Minnesota. Which makes sense, seeing as our fair state is home to the fifth-largest road system in the United States. But which one of those busy highways and interstates in the North Star State is the most dangerous?

Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but it could also be known as the Land of 135,000 Roads and Streets. That's because according to the Research Department of Minnesota House of Representatives, that's how many miles there are in Minnesota between town roads, city streets, and county roads and highways.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration says that number jumps up to 283,828 miles when you include state highways, U.S. highways, and interstate highways here in the North Star State.

Whether you're on a local or town road, a city street, a county highway, a state highway, or an interstate, traveling those roadways can be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that nearly 39,000 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes on U.S. roadways last year—an increase of roughly 7% from 2019, according to the most recent data released in 2022.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) notes that the summer of 2023 was a particularly deadly one in the North Star State. Over the '100 deadliest days of summer,' which is between Memorial and Labor Day, KSTP noted that Minnesota reported 161 deaths, one of the highest the state has seen in a decade.

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So what are the most fatal highways in Minnesota? Stacker ranked data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System compiled by the NHTSA to identify the highways in Minnesota that had the most fatalities from motor vehicle crashes in 2020. Keep scrolling to find out.  And then keep scrolling to see what the price of gasoline was the year you got your driver's license!

LOOK: Minnesota's 25 Most Fatal Highways

Explore the alarming data on Minnesota's deadliest highways and the efforts to improve safety.

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LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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