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Old 05-11-2015, 05:26 PM
 
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Mapquest does a good job of giving you a NO-Toll Option. Generally Both MapQuest and Google Maps are good.

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That is great in principle BUT is the OP ready to add additional HOURS to his destination just to save a few dollars on tolls?

The OPs best deal would be to acquire an EZ Pass in Ohio which will make the entire trip a lot easier and will enable him to pay lower tolls in Illinois.
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Old 05-12-2015, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I once figured out a way to defeat the Kansas Turnpike, when they just used punch-cards, but it required an accomplice. At today's tolls, you'd each save about $10.

Get on at exit 4, at the beginning. At a rest plaza, swap cards with a driver going the other way, who got on at exit 236, the other end. Then I get off at 212, and pay only for the distance from 236 to 212. My accomplice gets off at 19, and pays only from 4 to 19. At the exits, traffic from both directions merges into a single toll booth, the toll collector has no way of seeing which way you came from, and charges only according to your toll ticket.
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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I am new to USA and all my highway rides have been in radius of max 130 Miles from my home and on highways which never involved tolls. I am located in state of Ohio and we are going on a trip to Chicago and will be driving till there. It is going to 5 Hours journey and we will need to pass through Indiana and enter Illinois. Now as per google maps, by default it shows me road with toll and if I select without tolls, I am getting just 10 Miles extra and 10 Minutes more (as per maps).
Now few questions about toll roads..

1. How much toll I will be expected to pay at each of the Toll Junctions and is there any way online I can see beforehand ?
2. How do I exactly pay the toll ? Do I just pass through the toll gate and I shall receive a mail later or voluntarily I have to go online and pay in say next 5 days or so or some website ?
If I need to pay at the toll booth, then can they accept credit card or I need to have coins / cash ?
3. When in google maps I mention road without toll, can I be rest assured I won't encounter any tolls whatsoever ?
The best thing to do would be to get an EZPass if it is accepted at all of the toll locations you will be going through on your trip. Although it may not be required for the tolls that you are going through, it allows for a faster way through the toll stops, you don't have to worry about having cash or exact change. Also newer toll roads are EZPass (or whatever the local pass is called) only which means while you won't initially be hit with a fine, you may get a processing fee added. Also paying out of state tolls can be a pain because it can take a while for the bill to show up and can be easily overlooked which can cost extra fees if you don't pay within a certain time.

While it is possible to avoid some tolls by going a little or a lot out of the way, most of the times it's not worth it because even though you are saving in the cost of the tolls, you may be pay spending more in gas and wear and tear on the car, plus the you could be adding time to your journey that would be better spent at your destination. Also when driving in an unfamiliar area you can easily take a wrong turn and end up on a toll road. Having a toll pass can also come in handy if for some reason you sent a bill for a toll that you have paid, you will either have an electronic record that you pass was charged or if for some reason it wasn't you can pay the charge knowing that it is valid, unlike disputing a double charge for a toll you paid cash for but don't have or didn't get a receipt.
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