We get it. You like speeding up. After all, who doesn’t? Especially when you have invested in a really powerful performance car, that last thing you want is to be held back.
As much as possible, you want to be able to take to the open roads, push down hard on the gas and just drive away like it’s nobody’s business. Unfortunately, it’s urges like this that can also lead to serious road accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding caused the deaths of as many as 10,111 people back in 2016. That also meant that speeding accounted for as much as 27 percent of all traffic fatalities that year.
Even more troubling, a study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has also found that speeding was the main factor in about 31 percent of all traffic fatalities that occurred from 2005 to 2014. In fact, road accidents due to speeding was the main cause behind 112,580 deaths during this period.
This is essentially why speed limits can be found practically everywhere. They are designed to help make sure that road accidents can be avoided as much as possible. And if you ever end up going over it, an officer can readily pull you over and issue you a ticket.
Nonetheless, it is understandable if you would still want to speed up every once in a while. Fortunately for you, there are a number of places in the United States and around the world where speeding is essentially legal because of the relatively higher limits. Just to give you a better idea, here are some places where you can step a bit more on the gas and nobody would mind.
20 Nevada Freeways
Unfortunately for speed-hungry drivers, speed limits are imposed all throughout the United States. Nonetheless, there are certain states where you can drive just a bit faster, so you can enjoy the thrill of driving a fast performance car. One such state just so happens to be Nevada.
According to the website Your Mechanic, the top speed along certain rural freeways and interstates in Nevada is 80 miles per hour (mph) or roughly 120 kilometers per hour (km/h).
However, certain highways such as the US-95 south of US-93 to Nevada Highway 163 has a slightly lower speed limit of 75 mph. Meanwhile, other undivided highways and freeways have an imposed speed limit of 70 mph.
Texas is another state where it is possible for you to speed up without getting pulled over by the cops. According to the Texas Transportation Commission, while the law has essentially set the speed limit to a maximum of 70 mph, it still allows them to establish higher speed limits on certain parts of the state. This includes a maximum speed limit on 80 mph to 85 mph along highways which are “designed to accommodate that speed.” On the rest of the highway system, the speed limit can be raised slightly to 75 mph “if that speed is determined to be safe and reasonable after a traffic or engineering study.”
At some point, you may feel like going on a holiday over in the Republic of Macedonia. After all, this country in the Balkans is home to a number of interesting sites, including the Matka Canyon, Samuel’s Fortress, Church of St. John at Kaneo and more.
And in case you are planning to rent a car to drive around while you’re here, you would be glad to know that there are parts of this country where you can enjoy speeding.
According to Auto Europe, the speed limit along motorways in this country is 120 km/h. On the other hand, you also should take note that the open roads have a much lower imposed speed limit of 80 km/h. And in case you are driving around towns or the city, you have to abide by the 50 km/h speed limit.
Without a doubt, Greece is one of the most popular destinations for holiday travelers. After all, this is a country that offers lots of scenic views and amazingly good food. Aside from this, you would also be glad to know that speeding is essentially allowed in Greece, so long as you are driving along its motorways.
According to Rhino Car Hire, you can drive up to a speed of 120 km/h if you are on the motorways. On the other hand, if you find yourself along Greek open roads, that speed limit is reduced slightly to 110 km/h. Meanwhile, if you are driving along some “built-up areas” in Greece, keep in mind that the speed limit here is a low 50 km/h.
Sweden is one country that readily allows its motorist to speed up more than other European countries. After all, Sweden is a relatively safe place for drivers. Hence, there’s really not much cause for concern on the roadways. In fact, back in 2014, The Economist reported that this country has “so few road deaths” with only 264 fatalities from road accidents in 2013.
This may be why it was decided to increase the speed limit on certain motorways to 120 km/h.
According to a study conducted by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute in 2017, this resulted in an increase in the number of seriously injured per year. However, the study also reported that there were “no significant changes were seen for the number of deaths.”
15 Lithuania Motorways
In Lithuania, you can readily get behind the wheel of the car so long as you are at least 18 years of age, according to Auto Europe. At the same time, you have to get used to driving on the right side of the road and make sure that you use your dipped headlights at all times. Otherwise, you can find yourself in a lot of trouble.
When it comes to speeding though, Lithuanian motorways are practically designed for speeding up. In fact, according to the website TrueLithuania.com, the speed limit on some four-lane highways in this country is a nice 130 km/h. However, this limit is only valid if you are driving around the summer months. During winter, the speed limit is significantly lowered to 110 km/h.
14 Australia’s Northern Territory
In the past, there had been no speed limits imposed along Australia’s Northern Territory. However, back in 2016, that all changed. According to a report from BBC, during that time, the local government was already making plans to reinstate the speed limits along the stretch of Stuart Highway between Tenant Creek and Alice Springs.
It is believed the reason for putting speed limits on the said stretch is because of all the possible dangers here.
These include weather conditions and roaming animals such as kangaroos and cattle. Moreover, the then newly elected North Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner also remarked, “Our policy is to remove open limits based on advice from doctors, nurses, surgeons, and police who agree open limits should not exist.”
Despite the limit though, you should know that you can still totally speed up along this road. After all, the maximum allowed speed is here is 130 km/h.
Throughout France, you would be glad to know that speed limit remains unchanged in certain places. In fact, according to a report from the Telegraph, the top speed limit on some motorways is still set at 130 km/h.
However, the French road safety group had also recently announced some major changes when it came to speed limits imposed on the country’s roadways. This is being done in the hope that fatal road accidents can be reduced throughout the country. In fact, according to a report from RAC, it is expected that reducing the speed limit on several A and B roads from 90 km/h to 80 km/h across France can readily save as many as 400 lives each year. This is because as many as two-thirds of the road fatalities in the country tend to occur on roads with a 90 km/h speed limits.
12 Luxembourg Motorways
If you happen to be traveling to Luxembourg anytime soon, you would be glad to know that speeding is essentially allowed here. Hence, your time behind a wheel of a rental car would certainly be enjoyable.
According to the website Expatica, the national speed limits on motorways along Luxembourg is 130 km/h.
This would most likely be imposed along the six motorways in Luxembourg, which readily links Luxembourg City with Thionville, France; Arlon, Belgium; Trier, Germany and other parts of Europe. However, if it starts to rain, that ends up getting lowered to 110 km/h. Meanwhile, on open country roads, the speed limit is only 90 km/h. And on certain “built-up areas,” its 50 km/h.
11 Denmark Motorways
Among countries in Europe, Denmark is one that seems to allow for speeding better than others. In fact, so long as you are driving along its motorways, you just have to abide by a speed limit of 130 km/h. However, according to the website Revolvy, this speed limit only applies to vehicles that weigh below 3.5 metric tons. If the vehicle is larger, the speed limit is significantly lowered.
Elsewhere in this country, you ought to be more careful about speeding up. That’s because when you are outside of town, the speed limit is only 80 km/h. Meanwhile, this number gets even lower when you are driving within towns in Denmark. Here, you are forced to observe the 50 km/h speed limit.
10 Hungary Motorways
Driving in Hungary can be quite fun thanks to the high speed limit imposed here. In fact, according to the website Just Landed, the speed limit on motorways throughout the country is 130 km/h. You would know that you are entering one because motorways are typically marked by the letter M.
On the other hand, the speed limit gets reduced to around 110 km/h or lower the moment you reach rural areas. Meanwhile, when you end up in urban areas, you will find that the speed limit is even further reduced to 50 km/h.
Be sure to be guided by these speed limits to avoid having to pay a fine on the spot. No matter where you drive in Hungary, you must also remember that putting a seatbelt on is mandatory.
9 The Netherlands
In the Netherlands, people believe that driving at high speeds does not exactly lead to more road tragedies. In fact, the Dutch police have even said that increasing the speed limit on several Dutch motorways to 130 km/h has not led to an increase in accidents, according to a report from DutchNews.nl.
Today, it is believed that as much as 61 percent of the motorways throughout the Netherlands are now imposing the 130 km/h speed limit. This includes the busy A2 motorway between Holendrecht and Vinkeveen. Back in 2016, Dutch Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen had reportedly wanted this number increased to 77 percent.
If you happen to like speed, some of the roads throughout the country of Slovenia would definitely be most welcoming. According to the website Nestcampers, motorways in this country tend to have a speed limit of 130 km/h.
On the other hand, that limit is reduced to 110 km/h if you decided to travel along dual carriageways.
Meanwhile, if you are driving outside the populated areas, the speed limit you have to abide by is 90 km/h. And if you suddenly decide to head to the populated areas in Slovenia, keep in mind that you have to slow all the way down. That’s because in these parts of the country, the speed limit is 50 km/h.
If you ever find yourself going around Ukraine, you would be glad to know that speeding up is something that you would be allowed to do.
In fact, according to the website Ukraine Travel Secrets, the speed limit along the country’s highways is 130 km/h. On the other hand, if you find yourself driving along the roads that are located outside the settlements, you can comfortably speed up to 110 km/h. Meanwhile, if you are driving in the villages along the roads, take note that the speed limit is further reduced to 90 km/h. And if you happen to be traveling in villages and cities, the speed limit is only 60 km/h.
Montenegro is another country in the Balkans that is definitely worth the visit. After all, it has a number of spectacular sites such as the Budva Riviera, Sveti Stefan, Kotor, Podgorica and more.
On the roads, you would also be glad to know that you can speed up happily in certain areas.
In fact, according to the Auto Drivers Club, your car can readily speed up to 130 km/h when traveling along the highways. On the other hand, Montenegro motorways have a speed limit of 100 km/h. And if you find yourself driving outside built up areas, take note that there is a speed limit of 80 km/h imposed here.
5 Italy Autostrade
In Italy, there are several long and winding toll roads which are also referred to as the Autostrade. From the Autostrade, you can travel to Milano, Roma, Genova, Torino, Bologna, Pescara, Ancona, Bari, Napoli, Firenze and Torino.
Here, you can practically drive without a care in the world because the speed limit essentially allows you to do so. In fact, according to the website reidsitaly.com, the speed limit for highways like this is 130 km/h. Meanwhile, the speed limit is reduced to 110 km/h along non-major highways located outside the major urban areas. Keep this in mind and you should be able to drive and observe the limits easily.
4 Bulgaria Highways
At any time of day, Bulgaria’s highways tend to be quite busy. Because of this, the local government had taken steps to make motor travel much more efficient. This came in the form of amendments to the country’s Traffic Act, according to a report from the Sofia News Agency.
For instance, the term “fast road” was introduced to drivers.
This means that on such roads, drivers can readily go up to 120 km/h. At the same time, a newly adopted legislation also increased the speed limits on some parts of the highway from 130 km/h to 140 km/h. However, this speed limit is only valid along parts of the highway where “the pavement allows such speed.” In riskier sections of this stretch, the speed limit is a strict 90 km/h.
3 Poland Motorways
Just like in Bulgaria, there are definitely opportunities in Poland for you to speed up in your car. It’s just a matter of being on the right roadway to make sure you don’t get into any type of trouble.
According to the website Drive Alive, so long as you are on a motorway in Poland, the speed limit imposed is 140 km/h. On the other hand, if you happen to be driving along a dual carriageway on an expressway, the limit is reduced to 120 km/hour. On the other hand, the speed limit on a non-expressway dual carriageway and single carriageway expressway is 100 km/h.
2 Austria Motorway
In recent times, motorists in Austria have had a reason to celebrate. That’s because the speed limit was recently raised on certain parts of the country’s motorways.
In fact, earlier in August, the speed limit on two stretches of Austria’s main motorways was raised from 130 km/h to 140 km/h, according to a report from Euronews.
However, the local government was quick to emphasize that it had only been a trial run. Nonetheless, there seems to be encouraging signs that the speed limits would remain raised permanently. As Austria’s Transport Minister Norbert Hofer had reportedly tweeted, “We are building motorways, not ‘slow roads’.” Let’s hope he means it.
1 German Autobahn
If you want to experience complete speeding freedom while driving, the best road to drive on would still be the German Autobahn. To this day, this long winding stretch of federal highway still has no imposed speed limits. After all, according to a report from the Independent, Germany expects its drivers to follow all the necessary rules since it can take them as much as six months just to be granted a driver’s license.
On the German Autobahn, driving at your car’s top speed is completely legal. However, you might see some blue signs along the road with a particular speed on display. This would refer to the recommended speed while driving on this stretch of highway and that is 130 km/h.
Sources: nhtsa.gov, ntsb.gov, txdot.gov, economist.com, novinite.com, truelithuania.com