A State-by-State Guide to Speed Limits

by | Jan 12, 2021 | Traffic School

Speed limits were instituted in 1901 to increase road safety and reduce traffic collisions. Now they are a welcomed part of everyday life, keeping the flow of traffic reasonable.

Despite speed limits being implemented nationally, the state decides the speed limits. The general rule of thumbs is that highways have higher speed limits and there are often lower limits for trucks or driving at night.

It’s important to be familiar with your state laws to avoid a traffic ticket or a license suspension. Additionally, becoming a better driver will ensure not only your safety but the safety of others behind the wheel. 

This guide will explore the speed limit differences in each state. Let’s dive in. 

State by State Laws

On average about 3,700 people lose their lives daily on the roads. The fact of the matter is, there is an abundance of reckless driving and poor decisions made by people who don’t take safety seriously. The first step to becoming a better driver is to observe your local laws.

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Alabama 

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph and for urban interstates, it’s 60mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph. If there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.

Alaska 

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 65mph and for urban interstates, it’s 55mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph. If there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.

Arizona

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph and for urban interstates, it’s 65mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph. If there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.

Arkansas

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph and 70mph for trucks. For urban interstates, it’s 65mph and 55mph for trucks. For other limited-access roads, 75mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.

California

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph and 55mph for trucks. For urban interstates, it’s 65mph and 55mph for trucks. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph for cars and 55mph for trucks.

Colorado

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph. For urban interstates, it’s 65mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.

Connecticut

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 65mph. For urban interstates, it’s 55mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.

Delaware

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 65mph. For urban interstates, it’s 55mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.

Florida

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 65mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.

Georgia

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.

Hawaii

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 60mph. For urban interstates, it’s 60mph. For other limited-access roads, 55mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 45mph.

Idaho

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph and 70mph for trucks. For urban interstates, it’s 55mph and 65mph for trucks. For other limited-access roads, 60mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 70mph.

Illinois

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 55mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.

Indiana

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph and 65mph for trucks. For urban interstates, it’s 55mph. For other limited-access roads, 60mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.

Iowa

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 55mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.

Kansas

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph. For urban interstates, it’s 75mph. For other limited-access roads, 75mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.

Kentucky

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 65mph. For urban interstates, it’s 65mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.

Louisiana

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.

Maine

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph. For urban interstates, it’s 75mph. For other limited-access roads, 75mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 60mph.

Maryland

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.

Massachusetts

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 65mph. For urban interstates, it’s 65mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.

Michigan

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.

Minnesota

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 65mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 60mph.

Mississippi

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.

Missouri

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 60mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.

Montana

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 80mph and 70mph for trucks. For urban interstates, it’s 65mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph in the daytime and 65mph at night.

If there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 70mph in the day and 65mph at night.

Nebraska

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.

Nevada

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 80mph. For urban interstates, it’s 65mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 70mph.

New Hampshire

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 65mph but 70mph on specified segments of road. For urban interstates, it’s 65mph. For other limited-access roads, 55mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.

New Jersey

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 65mph. For urban interstates, it’s 55mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.

New Mexico

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph. For urban interstates, it’s 75mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.

New York

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 65mph. For urban interstates, it’s 65mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph. 

North Carolina

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph. 

North Dakota

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph. For urban interstates, it’s 75mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph. 

Ohio

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph. 

Oklahoma

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph but 80mph on specified segments of road. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 70mph.  

Oregon

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 65mph but 70mph on specified segments of road. For urban interstates, it’s 65mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.  

Pennsylvania

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.  

Rhode Island

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 65mph. For urban interstates, it’s 65mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.   

South Carolina

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.  

South Dakota

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 80mph. For urban interstates, it’s 80mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 70mph.    

Tennessee

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.    

Texas

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph but 80 or 85 on specified roads. For urban interstates, it’s 75mph. For other limited-access roads, 75mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 75mph.  

Utah

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph but 80 on specified roads. For urban interstates, it’s 65ph. For other limited-access roads, 75mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 65mph.  

Vermont

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 65mph. For urban interstates, it’s 55mph. For other limited-access roads, 50mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 50mph.  

Virginia

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.  

Washington

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph but 75 on specified roads. For urban interstates, it’s 60mph. For other limited-access roads, 60mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 60mph.  

West Virginia

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 55mph. For other limited-access roads, 65mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.  

Wisconsin

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 70mph. For urban interstates, it’s 70mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 55mph.  

Wyoming

For rural interstates, the speed limit is 75mph. For urban interstates, it’s 75mph. For other limited-access roads, 70mph, and if there’s no signage, assume the maximum speed limit is 70mph.  

Being a Better Driver

Aggressive driving is driving that purposely combines reckless behavior that puts the driver and others at risk. This is what everyone should aim to avoid, it helps minimize fatalities and accidents on the road.

One way to ensure that you are preparing to be the best driver you can be is by taking a defensive driving course. This is the practice of using driving strategies that help avoid collisions and minimize risk. As a defensive driver, you’ll be able to predict hazards and stay one step ahead of the safety game!

Speed Limits

It is crucial to know your local laws and regulations when it comes to knowing the maximum speed limits. This will already put you ahead as a better driver who cares about themselves and their fellow commuters.

You can stay informed on the latest laws and regulations as well as safe driving techniques by taking our online driving course. We also have a course completion certificate that may help you dismiss a speeding ticket as well as save money on car insurance. 

If you’re interested and would like to learn more, be sure to check out our blog.

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