If you’re driving through Nevada, you need to know the state’s speed limits.
Like other states in the U.S., Nevada has multiple statutory speed limits which dictate the maximum speeds on different types of roads.
These speed limits are also known as prima facie speed limits.
While speed limits should be posted when you’re driving Nevada roads, you can’t always rely on good signage along your route. (And a missing sign won’t stop you from getting a ticket if you’re speeding.)
So, if you want to avoid a ticket when driving in Nevada, you might want to keep these basic speed limits in the back of your mind.
Nevada Freeway Speed Limit
Freeways are defined as roads with controlled-access, which means they have on and off ramps and no immediate access to businesses or residential areas.
Basically, they’re interstates.
The maximum speed limit on freeways/interstates in Nevada is 70-80 mph in rural areas and 65 mph within city limits, unless otherwise posted.
The 80-mph speed limit is found in Northern Nevada, while Southern Nevada is still largely subject to a 70-mph limit.
Nevada Highway Speed Limit
Highways in Nevada are defined as main roads with immediate access (turn-offs and driveways) to businesses or residential areas.
These roads may be two-lane roads or multi-lane roads.
The maximum speed on highways in Nevada is 65 mph on average, but may go as high as 75 mph.
The speed limit on multi-lane (divided) highways is typically higher (between 65 and 75 mph), while the speed limit on two-lane (undivided) highways is typically lower at 55-65 mph.
Nevada Residential & Business District Speed Limit
Residential districts in Nevada are any areas that have a majority of residential buildings, such as single-family houses or apartment blocks.
Business districts are any areas that have a majority of businesses accessed directly from the road, typically downtown streets.
The speed limit in residential neighborhoods and business districts in Nevada is 25 mph, unless otherwise posted.
Nevada Truck Speed Limit
The following vehicles are considered “trucks” for the purposes of speed limits in Nevada:
- Trucks designed for the transportation of goods
The maximum speed limit for vehicles that meet the definition of “truck” in Nevada is 75 mph on rural freeways and highways.
Nevada Construction Zone Speed Limit
Speed limits may be reduced to 55 mph in construction zones on freeways and highways in Nevada without additional approval.
Further reductions are possible for specific projects, but must be approved by the state.
So, generally speaking, the speed limit in a construction zone on a freeway or highway in Nevada is 55 mph.
Follow The Speed Limit
When it comes to maximum speeds in Nevada, it’s always best to play it safe.
When in doubt, in an area with homes or businesses directly next to the road, assume the speed limit is 25 mph.
In areas where people may be walking or unexpected obstructions may occur, such as school zones, parking lots, and alleyways, assume the speed limit is 15 mph.
By assuming the lowest maximum speed limits in most instances, you can avoid a ticket and help keep everyone safe. As long as you keep with the general flow of traffic.
It’s not safe to go 20 mph below the speed limit either.