Need for Speed: How Interstate Speed Limits Affect Your Transport

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When it’s time to move, we rarely factor in cross-country trailer speed limits and their ability to hinder a smooth move from pickup to destination. These are minute details we often leave to the moving company – hoping and praying that our valuable items, including our vehicle, make it on time to wherever we are going.

At Montway, the standard belief is that a happy customer is an empowered customer. In that vein, let’s look at interstate speed limits for trailers and how it can affect your move as well as your transit time.

Current Speed Limit

AAA lists the trailer speed for the state of Illinois as “N/A.” However, this is not because Illinoisans are indecisive. It is due to some major speed law changes on the horizon. On April 23, the Illinois State Senate voted to pass a bill that will increase the speed on interstate highways to 70 mph, which is a significant raise from the current 55 mph.

According to the Illinois State Police website, “the maximum speed limit outside an urban district for a house-car, camper, private living coach, vehicles licensed as a recreational vehicles, any vehicle towing any other vehicle, and vehicles of the second division designed or used for the carrying of a gross weight of 8,001 pounds or more, is 65 mph.”

If passed through the House, this increase would place Illinois at the same interstate speed rate as thirty other states, including neighboring states Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri.

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Discounting other motorists and weather conditions, it may mean faster and more efficient service. Additionally, by being able to maintain a steady speed on interstate highways, vehicles consume less fuel which could also lower costs associated with fuel prices.
Assuredly, Illinois is moving in the right direction and hopefully at a quicker pace.

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