Always Bring Quarters
Here is a simple rule, always keeps at least $2.00 (or more) in quarters in your car. One day you will thank me. This piece of advice stems from a recent adventure I had on the Florida Turnpike. I pulled off when my Orlando appointment cancelled and was met by a toll booth with two choices. One was exact change and the other was for Sun Pass, the electronic scanner that deducts the toll from your bank account. I had a $1.00 in quarters and sailed through the exact change lane.
I chatted with opposing counsel, my office and decided to head back towards Tallahassee. I went to get back on the turnpike and was met with the same two choices. This time I was out of coins. I wasn’t worried because the first time through I noticed a toll mail-in evelope. Of course, this one was out of the envelopes. I did not want to get a ticket mailed to my house so I backed down the ramp.
I had no idea how to get back north without taking the turnpike. Thankfully, I had a fully charged phone with GPS. I navigated through some backroads and eventually hit I-75. The next time I have an opportunity to pick up a Sun Pass I will buy one, so I can avoid running out of change!