How fast can I drive a U-Haul truck?

Speed limits for U-Haul equipment 

Planning to rent a U-Haul® truck or trailer for your move? Before getting behind the wheel, it’s important to know the recommended speed limit for driving one of their trucks or towing their trailers. This way you can keep yourself, your passengers and belongings, and other motorists safe. Continue reading for details on the speed limits U-Haul recommends. 

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U-Haul truck speed limit 

U-Haul doesn’t recommend a certain speed for their trucks. Instead, they suggest following the posted speed limits and reducing your speed when driving on bumpy roads, with a fully loaded truck and through severe weather. However, if you’re uncomfortable driving a large vehicle at the speed limit, slow down. Just be aware of minimum speed signs so you don’t hinder traffic or get pulled over.  

Speed limit for U-Haul trailers 

The maximum recommended speed when towing a U-Haul trailer is 55 mph. This applies to all U-Haul trailers (regardless of size), whether you’re pulling them with a U-Haul truck or a personal vehicle. And because trailer sway can sometimes occur while towing, it’s best to reduce your normal speed even if you’re an experienced driver. Learn more about U-Haul trailers and how to tow them safely. 

Are U-Haul trucks governed? 

A speed governor is a device that limits 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. 

A moving alternative 

Driving a rental truck on the highway surrounded by other vehicles going 70-80 mph isn’t always a comfortable or ideal situation. An alternative to consider is U-Pack®. By using our “you pack, we drive” moving service, you don’t have to worry about how fast you can drive a rental truck because we handle the driving for you! Get a quote online or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 for more information. 

Not sure which option is best for you? Read more about using a rental truck to move and how U-Pack compares. 

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