If you’re planning a road trip this season, keep a close eye on your speedometer. Each state can set its own speed limits, so they vary widely across the country. A handful of jurisdictions maintain a respectable 55-mph limit on urban routes, while others keep theirs at 60, 65 or 70.
The Upper Limit?
Five states allow a head-spinning 75 mph on urban roadways, and on certain stretches of rural highways, it soars to 80 or even 85 mph.
Unless otherwise posted, 55 mph is the default limit on two-lane rural roads in many states. Posted or not, it pays to familiarize yourself with each state’s limits and let common sense prevail: always drive at a safe speed. So what states have the fastest and slowest urban speed limits?
Slowest Speed Limit (55 mph or lower)
- District of Columbia
- Hawaii (50 mph)
- New Hampshire
- New York
- Rhode Island
Fastest Speed Limits (75+ mph)
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
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What’s the speed limit in your state? Tell us below.
By David Wright