May 16, 2019

Ontario going too slow on speed limit pilot project

David MenziesMission Specialist

When I first heard that Ontario would be raising the speed limits on some of its 400-series highways, I was thrilled... until I read the details.

Talk about a let-down.

We're getting a pilot project on three stretches of highway where the speed limit will be raised from 100 km/h to 110 km/h.

The Nanny State has already let us down on speed limits when we first switched from Imperial units to the Metric system in the 1970s, and modern cars are capable of traveling safely at much higher speeds than are currently allowed.

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commented 2019-05-18 19:21:54 -0400
Al, mine will more than likely be for sale in a year and a half. I’ll be 65 then, and I doubt (unless I win a Lottery), I’ll take it with me to Central or South America. Then, it will be older (and used).. I’ll likely be renting a place close to Public Transit, and maybe buy a Scooter/Small Motorcycle, or a used beater to get around during the Rainy Season.. This Golf will be my last (to me) dream car. And my finances will be better off in my later years… I’m enjoying it while I can, but that will have to come to an end eventually.. People have stopped telling me to “Grow Up”, because I simply don’t listen to them.. I live for today, and always have. And, I’ve had a blast along the way. It’s been fun talking with you about the amazing cars of our past, and the ones we have today…
commented 2019-05-18 00:33:08 -0400
Robert, I have not driven one. With my finances anything but old and used is out of the question. I guess a guy can dream.
commented 2019-05-17 11:47:40 -0400
The problem on our roads (for me) is that “everyone” gets a Licence.. Many should not be allowed to drive. Driving is a Privilege, and not a "Right’, yet everyone gets a Licence.. Driving is not a Constitutional Right, it is a Privilege… Still, everyone is given a Licence to drive.. This is why safe driving practices are so important.. Nut Bars are out there driving. Keep your distance, and look out for yourselves and your family.. I’ve been driving for 47 years, and unscathed… Safety first…
commented 2019-05-17 11:35:37 -0400
What they really should be doing is installing variable speed limits. Put the 401 at 60 through Toronto at 8am. It’ll flow more smoothly, more safely, and ultimately move more vehicles.
commented 2019-05-17 11:34:44 -0400
Al, I agree with you on the American V8 thing. I was looking at the Challengers, and the Mustangs. The Bullitt in particular, being a long time Ford guy… But, none of those cars can keep up to mine in our Canadian weather.. In the 1/4 mile, the big V8’s have an advantage, but only at the Strip under “ideal” conditions.. There are videos out there of guys trying to do 0-60mph under 5 seconds, in their 392 SRT Hemis.. Most cannot do it with their Manual Transmissions.. I like the rumble as well, but I not only get the performance, I also get very good mileage.. And, for $15-$20,000 less… Mine has the DSG transmission, which makes it much faster than the Manual.. So you have to compare times with a Golf R DSG..Recently, I parked next to a Bullitt Mustang in Waterdown. When he and his passenger left, they stopped to check out my car. There’s a reason for that. It’s unassuming, and falls under the radar when it comes to the Police. I can also upgrade it for next to nothing, even wrecking a GT-R. I had one come up behind me recently on the 403. It was clearly an intimidation tactic. I don’t know why, because the GT-R is a much faster car. If I had an extra $100,000.00 at hand, I would have a GT-R. Or $15,000.00 could have put me in the seat of an Audi RS3. That is one hell of a crazy fast car. Anyway.. I raced, and beat a Porsche 911 SC in ‘85 with my Mustang GT, on the 401.. I don’t even know how fast we were going, as I kept my eye on the road. I thought my Mustang was fast, and it was at the time, but my Golf R is much faster. And, it’s all wheel drive.. I had a blast driving it this Winter….Nothing could touch it… So in the end, I chose my Golf. I saved $15-$20,000.00 and have a vehicle that performs no matter the weather. Have you had the opportunity to go for a drive in one?
commented 2019-05-17 10:49:31 -0400
The only accomplishment of this anaemic 10 KPH increase will be the empowerment of all the “sped kills” driving prigs, to exercise their rights to drive 110 KPH in the PASSING LANE!!!!!!
If the government was sincere about making out highways safe, the OPP would be told to abandon all but the most heinous of speeding infractions and to concentrate on the quality of driving. Using your cell phone: hogging the left hand lane: applying makeup: watching TV: enjoying a four course meal and more should all be the subject of very large fines and license suspension.
It’s not speed that kills. It is the quality, (or lack of same) of driving that kills.
commented 2019-05-17 03:12:40 -0400
Robert, I am glad you enjoy your VW. My reading states that the SRT is high 12 seconds and the Golf R is low 13’s. Some Challengers are in the 11 seconds. Still quite impressive for a 4 cylinder car with 1/2 the HP sauce. Some Challengers are in the 11 seconds.

But I’ll take the SRT on looks alone. And that hemi rumble. Oh yeah.

https://www.netcarshow.com/dodge/2011-challenger_srt8_392/

https://fastestlaps.com/models/vw-golf-r-mk-vii

https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/2019-dodge-challenger-rt-scat-pack-1320-beware-of-the-angry-bee-at-the-drag-strip-2018-07-19
commented 2019-05-17 02:56:07 -0400
I liked the old speed limit signs in Montana: “The Speed Limit in Montana is Reasonable and Prudent”. Alas, no more. Driving in Ontario is a joke with 80 kmh limits. I’ll drive on the prairies any day.

John Galt you make a good point. Perhaps vehicles are too easy to drive these days. I still don’t see the point of taking a driver’s test. Every bone head you see driving and unable or unwilling to merge passed that test. What difference does it make?

We should have to take a very technical course and then hand out the license at the end of it. Let the instructor decide if you are capable of driving. The current system is so bad that we can have a years long TV show about how bad the drivers it turns out are.
commented 2019-05-16 20:54:19 -0400
Just one problem David….yes,the vehicles are capable of driving safely at higher speeds….however we have a plethora of “drivers” that should be restricted to driving at “shopping cart” speed.Perhaps a mandatory IQ exam required before a license is issued???
commented 2019-05-16 19:01:03 -0400
Right on David… I’ve owned some fast cars in my time. The fastest being my ‘85 Mustang GT. Now? I recently purchased my “retirement car”. A 2018 Golf R… Not one High Performance car from the heyday of the 70’s can touch it. Even today’s 392 Hemi SRT Scat Pak Challenger cannot compete… They try, but even under the best of conditions, they blame their poor 0-60mph times on tires, of all things?.. And, my Golf is just a 2 liter Turbo 4 cylinder. An All Weather Practical car.. Check out videos of the 2018 Golf R on the Autobahn… We need an Autobahn here in Canada…
commented 2019-05-16 18:16:32 -0400
Well Left wingers from Ontario are not capable of skillful tasks like driving so they need slower speeds to coincide with their slow wits.
commented 2019-05-16 14:12:29 -0400
BREAKING NEWS…Theresa May PM UK is to retire, early next month, without passing her phony Brexit deal.
commented 2019-05-16 13:29:31 -0400
Too my last comment I would add…I wonder how many Migrants that extra MPH/KPH on the speed limit will pay for?
commented 2019-05-16 13:20:42 -0400
Even a ten MPH speed increase will create a higher Gas consumption for all vehicles. This in turn will increase exhaust emissions and carbon tax….. $$$$$$$$$.