VIDEO - Why Are Cars Made to go That Fast?
This week on Twitter the question was posed about why we have cars that are capable of traveling at speeds significantly in excess of our posted speed limits? As luck would have it, one of the mailing lists that I subscribe to contained an article with a link to this video:
In the context of less traffic on our highways during the COVID-19 pandemic and reports of an increase in significant speeding and stunt driving events, the panel examines why we speed and what we can do about it.
Dr. Leon James has studied the psychology of driving for many years and suggests that
...speed is something that has a very positive value in our society and if you look at car commercials, you can see the emphasis placed on going fast. So - in a lot of movies and lyric songs, children are exposed to that. So it is the fact that we are culturally trained to have this relationship with speeding. And, of course, it's a traffic safety problem as well.
Perhaps this is the short answer, cars go fast because that is what we want and the regulators are unwilling to step in and change that. There has been some steps in this direction however, as the province of Ontario requires heavy trucks to have speed limiters that prevent them from being driven faster than 105 km/h.