It’s getting harder and harder to drive around the country and not get stuck with in a situation where there’s a toll and the only way to pay is with a toll program that you don’t have! It’s frustrating to get stuck with a big bill, and the area between Los Angeles and San Diego is one of those areas where it is easy to happen.
There are a couple of ways you can address those tolls:
Get a FasTrak Transponder
This is really the best option for anyone who uses a toll road more than occasionally. It is good throughout California, you pay less per toll, and you can switch the transponder to High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) to use those lanes for free when you have the designated number of people in the car. The only downside is that there is a $2 a month service charge if you don’t spend at least $25 each month on designated roads, so it’s not a good choice for occasional users.
Sign Up For One Of The Express Accounts
There are three types of Express accounts – one should suit your needs. One is a prepaid account, one charges your credit card at the end of the month, and the third sends you a physical statement. These don’t require a transponder, but they are only good for the local area toll roads. The first two options are free, the third option has a $2 fee for each statement sent.
Pay Online or Using The App
The mobile app is a super-simple way to pay for your tolls, up to 5 days before or after you incur the toll. You can also use the website to pay your tolls, within 5 days of the day the toll was incurred.
Pay In Person
You can pay your tolls at the Irvine or San Clemente service centers. San Clemente only accepts electronic checks or credit card payments. The Irvine location accepts cash, checks, electronic checks, and credit cards.
Use The Military Program
Honestly, this is one of the harder ways to manage the toll situation, but it will help if you get stuck with a big bill because you forgot to pay your tolls one of the other ways. The Military Program will remove the extra costs and you just pay the toll amount. You have to send your bill, the payment for the actual toll, and proof of military service.
It can be hard to figure out to manage tolls, but it’s an important part of setting up your new home, wherever you are living. Spending 30 minutes to figure out the local area toll systems will save you time, stress and money in the future.
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