How I Save on Tolls

Ever drive out of your way to avoid tolls? I’ve been doing it for the better part of a decade.

I can get to work in about 25 minutes if I drive straight up the Parkway, but I hit two tolls: the entry toll plaza is 75 cents, and another toll of $1.50 at the exit toll closes to my workplace. The grand total: $2.25.

But there’s a work-around for that $1.50 toll — I can take another exit (with no toll) and avoid it by driving an extra 4 miles. It tacks on an additional 5 minutes to my commute, but if I’m not running late, it works well.

I have an alternate route, too: I can take the Turnpike, where the toll totals $1.15. And this doubles as the shortest commute to work, distance-wise, by a few miles.

Coming back home, there’s no $1.50 toll on the Parkway, so it’s my best route home — the Turnpike would be another $1.15 to get home, so I’m saving 40 cents.

What’s the furthest you’ve ever driven out of your way to save a buck?

2 comments to How I Save on Tolls

  • Melinda

    But your savings is the tolls minus the gas you spent on extra driving.

    • Nicole

      This is true. If I’m doing my math right, it costs me about 35 cents to go out of my way (I get 28 mpg; gas is costing about $2.40/gallon right now, and I travel about 4 miles out of my way on the way to work). Because we have staggered tolls, I don’t have to go out of my way on the return commute since that $1.50 doesn’t exist Southbound.

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