Setting aside for the moment that Cars.com referred to Texas as the "Longhorn State" (some Texans might fight you over that one), they do paint a picture of the LONE STAR state as a place for wanton speeders in a report about speeding in America. In their report, Texas ranks higher than any other state at 78 mph. Not all that surprising when you consider the 80 mph speed limits on highways, also the highest in the nation.
On the other end of the spectrum were Alaska and the District of Columbia coming in at a modest 55 mph. Of course, in Alaska there are probably more off-roads than roads. And does D.C. even have a freeway?
Well, if you're familiar with the saying, "everything's bigger in Texas," the sentiment extends to speed limits, too. The Longhorn State not only lays claim to the fastest posted limit on a single highway in the U.S., it also boasts the greatest overall top speed when you average the highest allowable speeds on its rural interstates, urban interstates and other limited access roads, as compiled by the Governors Highway Safety Association.
That nonprofit group, which represents the nation's state and territorial highway safety offices, lists Texas' 85 mph speed limit as the highest in the U.S. Moreover, the state's average top speed for all three types of roadways is 78.3. That's nearly 2 mph greater than the next-fastest state, Idaho, which has a top limit of 80 mph and an average top speed of 76.7 mph.
I'm glad they were able to not only squeeze in an incorrect nickname for Texas but also a cliche used only slightly less than "Houston, we have a problem." The fastest stretch of highway in the state is the infrequently traveled toll road between San Antonio and Austin with its 85 mph limit.
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As the story points out, this doesn't necessarily make Texas safer, but it sure does make us faster.