More states are setting higher speed limits on highways in rural areas. This could mean more drivers transporting goods or picking up shipments can avoid tickets, preserve their Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) scores and still ensure speedy deliveries that keep their clients satisfied.
Higher speed limits becoming the norm
The Associated Press reported Ohio politicians are currently trying to move forward with a law that would increase the state's speed limit to 70 mph. The proposal, which passed a committee vote this week, would allow drivers on non-urban interstate highways to travel at a faster pace and bring Ohio in line with other states that have upped speed limits. According to The AP, only several states - including Illinois, New York and New Jersey - still prohibit drivers from exceeding 65 mph.
Ohio isn't the only state that may see higher limits on its highways. The news service revealed drivers in certain regions of Utah can drive at 80 mph, while 85 mph is acceptable in Texas. New Hampshire is also looking to raise speed limits from 65 to 80 mph, and the state's House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would put the plan into action.
Increasing productivity and client satisfaction
In many states, large trucks are prohibited from hitting the speeds posted for passenger vehicles, but distribution and service companies with light and medium duty fleets consisting of small vehicles could still see a benefit from speed limit changes. Faster driving and shorter travel times could increase the total number of pickups and deliveries individual drivers can make, boosting productivity and revenue generation for some fleets.
To take advantage of maximum speed increases, companies may find it helpful to use vehicle routing software that can not only show them the quickest path to their destinations, but also help fleet managers plan a direct route that keeps drivers on roads that allow higher speed limits. While it may have previously taken managers hours to plan the most logical routes for their fleets, they can now do so quickly and efficiently. This technology can help guarantee businesses are always on schedule and maintain their strong reputations. Route optimization software can also help management teams ensure their drivers can take primary roads, rather than side streets or less frequently traveled paths, which can contribute to driver efficiency and help them stay on track.