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Joy of the Week: Toll Passes

Businessman in black suit on in car with hands on head webDriving home from one of my consulting assignments in DC, I got stuck in a long line of cars about half a mile away from the toll booth. As fun as the working with the client was, I was really tired.

All I wanted was to go home and soak my body in my hot tub. If the line didn’t start moving soon I was going to miss my flight home. I decided I would never again not chose the “rent a toll pass” option from my rental car company.

The Benefits and Convenience of Toll Passes

As it was I had already purchased a toll pass for my car at home to avoid this tedious routine.The phenomenon of toll passes has started spreading all over the country about five years ago. For example, California has FasTrak, Washington State has Good to Go!, and Florida has SunPass. Many states have started using toll passes to prevent toll booths from becoming backed up and to spare drivers’ time. I look forward to the day all of the US is on the same system, but that might be never, it is at least decades away.

Don’t get me wrong, you will still pay the tolls, just in a different way. When you pass through the toll booth, usually in a separate lane, the toll is automatically deducted from your prepaid account. By linking your account to your credit card, your account is replenished when it reaches a predetermined amount, which is set by you.

If you do not wish to link your account to your credit card, you can choose to transfer money into your account via the web, by phone, or by simply mailing a check. Renting a toll pass from a rental car company could end up costing you more money in the long run because you do pay a fee but, at the end of the day it’s your time that’s the most valuable commodity.

For me, the toll pass was a good investment. But, if you want help on deciding whether to get your own toll pass or not, you should consider the time you travel on toll roads and how crowded the toll lanes are during that time. Plus, your state may give you some discounts just because you’re using a pass. That can be a good incentive for buying a pass.

Save your time and reach your destination quickly with the help of toll passes!

Frank Good

Ashford Global Consulting

 

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