While U.S. motorists don’t have an Autobahn, with its lack of speed limits, there’s been a significant increase in the allowable pace in much of the country since the national 55 mph restriction was lifted nearly two decades ago.
Despite the objections of safety advocates, Texas now has both the single fastest highway in the country — a toll road with an 85 mph speed limit – as well as the fastest average allowable speeds when you factor in all its various limited-access roads. Those drivers looking to get somewhere fast might steer clear of the District of Columbia and Alaska, however, the two states having the nation’s lowest top and average speeds, according to a new study by the Governors Highway Safety Association, or GHSA.
Those two states have become the exception, rather than the rule, more and more allowing drivers to put the pedal to the metal. In fact, four states now have top speeds of at least 80 mph, with another dozen pushing their limits up to 75.