If you're driving through Texas you'll likely come across a tollway or two, especially if you're zipping around the cities or taking some shortcuts on your road trip. Tollways are those spots on the road where you pay a small fee to use a particular stretch of highway or bridge. It's like buying a ticket to a smoother, quicker ride.

According to an article from Texas Real Estate Source, there's a bunch to know about tolls. If you've never dealt with them before, or even if you have, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the experience smooth.


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Have Some Cash Handy: Even though many tollways now accept cards or have gone completely electronic, having some cash on hand can save you in a pinch. Not all machines are card-friendly, and you sure don't want to be that person holding up the line.

Look Out for Signs: As you approach a toll, keep your eyes peeled for signs. They'll tell you which lanes are cash-only, card-accepted, or electronic tag-only. Choosing the right lane can save time and hassle.

Get a Toll Tag: If you're a local or plan on driving through Texas tolls regularly, consider getting a toll tag. It's a small sticker that goes on your windshield, allowing you to breeze through tolls without stopping. Plus, it often saves you a bit of money on the fees.


Slow Down: This might be a no-brainer, but make sure to slow down as you approach the tollway. It's safer for you and any workers that may be present.

Keep Your Receipt: After paying, grab your receipt. It's proof of payment and can come in handy should there ever be a dispute or if you're tracking travel expenses.

Tollways in Texas don't have to be a chore. They can be just another part of your journey. Remember to pay attention to the signs, consider a toll tag for convenience, slow down for safety, and keep your receipt just in case. Follow these tips, and you'll be cruising through Texas tollways like a pro. Safe travels.

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