Do you love cars? If you do, one of the things that you might be fascinated with is how fast a car can go. So it’s no surprise that carmakers try to make their cars faster and more powerful year after year. Did you know that some supercars can travel up to speeds of nearly 300 miles per hour? Zippy, we know! So why would a company purposely limit the speed in which their cars can travel? (Yes, we were shocked to learn about this too!) It turns out, even though some might consider this a radical move, there’s a really good reason for limiting a car’s speed: safety.
Swedish carmaker Volvo announced that by 2020, all of its cars’ top speeds will be limited to 180 kilometers per hour, or approximately 112 miles per hour. That’s right! No Volvo car will have the capability to go faster than 112 miles per hour, no matter how hard you slam on that gas pedal. Now, although Volvo cars aren’t known for being the sportiest or fastest, they do have a reputation for being some of the safest cars on the road. By limiting how fast their cars can go, Volvo is taking an active step towards preventing speed-related car accidents, and making a statement of just how dangerous it is to speed. Volvo’s efforts might not prevent all car-related accidents, but they’re on the right path … wouldn’t you agree?
What would you do to help lower or eliminate car-related accidents?