Driving around the US, continental Europe or even the UK, you are likely to come across a toll road sooner or later. In the case of France, sooner rather than later, whereas in the UK, they’re less common.
However, what all toll roads have in common is that they can catch you by surprise if you’re not prepared.
Indeed, many areas of Europe have a considerable number of toll roads, as do certain areas of the USA — usually around major cities.
Automated tolls in rental cars
Driving through the wrong toll booth in a rental car can be costly.
My tip would be to make sure you use the cash/card payment lane. Although the automated lanes often use automatic number plate recognition and do not require pre-registration, car rental companies often charge an administration fee for this service.
On a recent trip to the US, I noted that the hire company I was using specified a daily fee for the entire duration of the hire if I activated the automated toll payment service by driving through an automated toll booth. Needless to say, I made sure I paid cash at each toll…
As always, the Boy Scout motto ‘be prepared’ is the best advice possible. Luckily, car hire firm Sixt has produced a simple graphical guide to road tolls in the US and Europe which makes it a complete doddle to find out toll costs before you travel.
Having tried this out for my US trip, I highly recommend it. You can find the Sixt toll road guide here.