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How fast can I drive a U-Haul truck?

February 13th, 2017 - 1:04 PM

U-Haul speed limit

Are you planning to rent a U-Haul® truck or trailer for your move? If so, you’ve probably wondered how fast you can drive their equipment. While there’s no set speed limit, U-Haul does provide maximum recommended speeds that renters should be aware of before getting behind the wheel. And when traveling cross country in a large, unfamiliar vehicle, it’s important to drive cautiously so that you keep yourself, your belongings, the equipment and other drivers safe.

U-Haul trailer 55 mph limit

How fast can you drive a U-Haul truck?

The maximum recommended speed for driving a U-Haul truck is 65 mph. But, the speed you should drive will depend on your experience and your level of comfort maneuvering a large truck. If you think you’ll have better control at a slower speed, slow down. However, be mindful of minimum speed limit signs posted along interstates so you don’t back up traffic or get pulled over.

How fast can you drive with a U-Haul trailer?

According to the trailer user instructions on the U-Haul website, “The maximum recommended speed is 55 mph when towing a U-Haul trailer. Do not exceed any posted speed limit.” Because trailer sway can sometimes occur while towing, it’s best to reduce your normal speed even if you're an experienced driver.

Do U-Haul trucks have speed governors?

A speed governor is a device that limits how fast a vehicle can go. While they’re beneficial to keep motorists safe on the road, it can mean longer transit times if you’re driving a rental truck cross country. Whether or not U-Haul has them installed in their equipment depends on the truck — some have them, others don’t. Your local U-Haul dealer can let you know if the truck you want to rent is governed.

Can I move without driving a rental truck?  

Driving a rental truck on the highway surrounded by other vehicles going 70-80 mph isn’t always a comfortable or ideal situation. And as for gas mileage, the faster you go, the fewer miles per gallon you’ll get. 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 to drive a rental truck because we handle the driving for you! Here’s how a U-Pack move works:

  • We deliver a trailer or moving container to your door
  • You pack and load the equipment
  • We pick it up and deliver it to your new home (estimated transit times of 2-5 business days)
  • You unload
  • We pick up the empty equipment

It’s the same as moving with U-Haul, except you don’t have to drive a big truck! Instead, you can travel in the comfort of your vehicle or catch a flight. And if you’re worried about the price, see how our rates are actually comparable to truck rentals by getting a free online quote or calling a U-Pack consultant at 800-413-4799.

Have questions?  

If you have additional questions about U-Haul speed limits or how moving with U-Pack works, leave a comment below — we’re happy to help!

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