Ranging from a speed limit of 55 miles per hour (mph) to 85 mph, the maximum speed limit for trucks varies from state-to-state. Currently, California has the most conservative maximum speed limit for trucks–55 mph. At the other end of the spectrum, Texas has some roads where the truck speed limit is 85 mph. Because of the varying limits, there is not one common highway speed at which trucks travel. This precludes truck manufacturers from engineering truck engines that peak in efficiency after reaching the speed at which the vehicles most commonly travel. Instead, manufacturers design the vehicle to perform well over the entire range of speeds, which in turn limits engine efficiency.
Maximum Daytime Truck Speed Limits by State, 2016
(miles per hour)
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