How Fast Can I Drive a U-Haul Truck?

Check U-Haul truck speed limits before you move

If you're moving long distance and thinking about renting a U-Haul® truck or trailer, it's important to understand how long you'll be behind the wheel so you can prepare for the drive. The time it takes to drive across the country in a loaded truck or while towing might be longer than if you were driving your personal vehicle. It all depends on the equipment and the local laws. Keep reading to learn all about how fast you can go in a U-Haul and whether the trucks come equipped with speed regulators or cruise control.

Spedometer demonstrating how fast you could drive in a U-Haul truck.


U-Haul driving speed FAQs

Get answers to questions about how fast you can drive a U-Haul truck or pull one of their trailers.

How fast can you drive a U-Haul?

For moving trucks, U-Haul recommends following posted speed limits (both minimum and maximum) and reducing your speed when driving with a fully loaded truck. It's also recommended to slow down on bumpy roads or when traveling through severe weather. Learn more about safely operating a moving truck.

The maximum recommended speed when towing a U-Haul trailer is 55 mph. This applies to all U-Haul trailers (regardless of size), whether pulling them with a moving truck or personal vehicle.  Check other U-Haul moving trailer questions and answers.

Why is trailer speed limited to 55 mph?

Many states have speed limits for trailers in tow, and in several locations, that limit is 55 mph. Lower speeds are recommended to reduce the risk of trailer sway, which can happen at higher speeds.

Is there cruise control on a U-Haul?

U-Haul does not list cruise control as a feature of any of their vehicles. However, the equipment can vary from location to location, and your local U-Haul dealer could let you know if any of the moving trucks in their inventory offer cruise control. If you can get a truck equipped with cruise control, U-Haul says not to use it in heavy traffic, on winding roads, when towing, in slippery conditions or while driving up or down hills.

Are U-Haul moving trucks governed?

A speed governor, also known as a speed limiter, is a device that restricts how fast a vehicle can go. While they're beneficial for keeping motorists safe on the road, they can lead to longer transit times if you're driving across the country. Your local U-Haul dealer can let you know if the truck you're renting is governed.

How to move without driving

Want to move without rental truck speed restrictions?  U-Pack can help you move without having to drive. Our moving service is similar to U-Haul, where you pack and load, but we deliver everything from door to door, so you don't have to worry about the speed you'll be traveling in a U-Haul. Get a quote online or by calling 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to learn more.


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