Before heading to Philly on Friday I had to drop off my Tahoe at the dealership because something was wrong with the 4 wheel drive. I was thinking I wouldn't worry about it till the fall until I realized that I had to have my 4wd to drive on the beach. Since we drive on the beach a couple times a week to go surf fishing this of course was a problem. Anyways, I went ahead and got an appointment for Friday. The dealership was kind enough to give me a rental car to keep for the few days the truck would be in the shop. So on my way by to Philly I exchanged cars and continued on my way.
When making my way to Philly I took a toll road with two toll booths. These tolls are part of the EXpass system where you have transponders in your car so you can take express lanes through the booths without stopping. The transponders then charge your account. Do you see where this is going??!! We have transponders on both of our cars because we drive often to see my parents and visit Baltimore. I could not tell you the last time I stopped to pay a toll. Friday was not any different. I didn't stop. At the two going to Philly or the two coming back from Philly. Nope. Went right on through them. It wasn't until I was a few miles past the last toll on my way home that I had an epiphany. I'm driving a rental car. I don't have a transponder. I just illegally drove through four tolls. Each offense costs $25 plus the toll fee, yep that would be over $100 I was now going to have to pay.
My first thought, of course, was to call my husband who can fix anything. Once he stopped laughing at me he told me there wasn't anything I could do right then so I should relax. Then he suggested I call EZpass to see if they could use my account to pay for the tolls. So today I called EZpass and spoke to a very nice customer service rep. She said that I could add the license number and I may have caught it in time. She also said that if I do get a bill then I can appeal it since I called to add the license number. I did tell the dealership too just in case they do get a bill and I was told that it has happened before.
Good to know I'm not the only dumb Delaware driver!!