I’ve had my license for five years now and have driven various stretches of the NYS thruway countless times. Yet I have still not figured out the easiest way to gather the appropriate amount of money to pay the toll when I get off. Right now, I always drive the same stretch of the thruway which does make things easier because I can get the money together before I leave home, but then what do I do with it?
Obviously, I can’t hold onto the money while driving because that would require extreme coordination that I do not possess. Leaving the money in my wallet is out of the question because then it takes too long to get it together again when I get to the toll booth. I am left with leaving the money in a cup holder. It’s there, but it’s still not in my hand when I pull up to the toll booth.
Upon exiting the thruway I am forced to gather every ounce of coordination I have in order to drive the curve of the exit ramp while getting all the money out of the cup holder and locating the ticket I picked up while entering the thruway. Oh, and not to mention, paying attention to the road and making sure I wind up in the right lane at the toll. And of course the coins refuse to be picked up.
Once, I accidentally gave the toll booth operator a penny instead of a dime and began to drive off. Luckily I was still close enough to hand her the correct change when she noticed. Is there any easy way to do this? Does anyone not feel extremely awkward while attempting to gather correct change to pay the toll?
I really should just get an EZ-Pass.