A look at top car, truck speed limits across the US

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Posted: Mar 31, 2015 10:59 AM

Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph.

But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas.

The practice of driving at or above the limit the tires can handle has been linked to wrecks and blowouts.

Here is a look at the top speed limits for cars in trucks in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

State Car top speed limit Truck top speed limit
Alabama 70 70
Alaska 65 65
Arizona 75 75
Arkansas 70 65
California 70 55
Colorado 75 75
Connecticut 65 65
Delaware 65 65
Washington, D.C. 55 55
Florida 70 70
Georgia 70 70
Hawaii 60 60
Idaho 80 70
Illinois 70 70
Indiana 70 65
Iowa 70 70
Kansas 75 75
Kentucky 70 70
Louisiana 75 75
Maine 75 75
Maryland 65 65
Massachusetts 65 65
Michigan 70 60
Minnesota 70 70
Mississippi 70 70
Missouri 70 70
Montana 75 65
Nebraska 75 75
Nevada 75 75
New Hampshire 70 70
New Jersey 65 65
New Mexico 75 75
New York 65 65
North Carolina 70 70
North Dakota 75 75
Ohio 70 70
Oklahoma 75 75
Oregon 65 55
Pennsylvania 70 70
Rhode Island 65 65
South Carolina 70 70
South Dakota *75 *75
Tennessee 70 70
Texas 85 85
Utah 80 80
Vermont 65 65
Virginia 70 70
Washington 70 60
West Virginia 70 70
Wisconsin 65 65
Wyoming 80 80
*Top speed rises to 80 on select interstate stretches on April 1
Top speed limits are mainly on selected parts of rural interstate highway or toll roads
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Governors Highway Safety Association, state transportation departments