Ottawa to Toronto route. 416/401 vs hwy 7/115
- Multi-lane route takes the stress (some) out of slower traffic and passing.
- Service centers available, though currently under construction.
- Potentially faster since you can speed to 140-150 Km/h without getting the car impounded.
- Less speed traps?
- Physically longer route. Google maps says longer by about 40Km, but the last few times I took it it was more like 60-70Km.
- Boring. Lots of nothing to see.
- Use more gas since you are driving generally 100-130Km/h. One time with 4 in the car going 140 I had to fill up in Kingston.
- Possible horrific traffic congestion
- Takes me 3/4 - 7/8 tank. Nevermind the specific car. It always seems to take the same amount of gas.
- Shorter route
- Lower speed saves gas. Generally 80-100Km/h. Last time I made it on 1/2 tank of gas.
- More scenic. Less likely to fall asleep due to boredom
- More stressful. Always gotta think about passsing slow pokes. Keeps you awake.
- Less, almost none, big rig trailers.
- Hwy 115 is new, 4-6 lanes. Not busy at all.
- If you're stuck being a big slow train of cars, swearing becomes regular vocabulary in sentences.
- Dangerous because of the passing
- Gas stations few and far between.
- More speed traps. There are at least 3 police stations right off hwy 7 near the small towns.
Really the travel time difference is negligible. I believe I always make it faster doing the hwy 7 route. Perhaps because there are no service centers along the way to tempt me with a 20-30 min stop over. I've also heard of some people ditching hwy 7 at route 37 to hit Belleville. I never tried that.
What does everybody else think?