According to the Department of Transportation, toll roads in the United States serve as a vital means of financing highway upkeep without relying on taxpayer funds. As you embark on your journeys in and around our Pine Tree State, it wouldn’t hurt to familiarize yourself with toll booth etiquette to ensure a hassle-free and pleasant experience for both yourself and the toll workers. 

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Here are eight important rules to keep in mind:

Have the money for tolls:

First things first, before approaching a toll booth, make sure you have the necessary cash to cover the toll fee. This ensures a smooth transaction and prevents delays for both you and your fellow travelers.

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Have your money ready:

Alright, now that you have the money, have it ready on hand. To keep the line moving, prepare your payment in advance. Avoid searching for loose change or rummaging through your purse or wallet when you reach the toll booth. Having your money ready helps expedite the process and reduces congestion.

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Approach the toll booth with caution:

When approaching a toll booth, it's crucial to adhere to the posted speed limit and exercise caution. Slow down gradually to a safe speed, respecting the flow of traffic and ensuring the safety of other drivers and toll booth personnel.

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Turn off your windshield wipers:

When it's raining, be mindful to turn off your windshield wipers before reaching the toll booth. This small act prevents dirty water from splashing onto the toll worker, providing them with a more comfortable working environment.

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Be within arm's reach of the window:

As you pull up to the toll booth, position yourself within arm's reach of the window. This optimal distance ensures a smooth and efficient exchange of payment, minimizing the risk of accidental damage to your vehicle or loss of currency due to gusty winds.

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Don't smoke:

Smoking should be avoided when interacting with toll booth workers. Smoking in your vehicle while at the toll booth can negatively affect the air quality within the enclosed space, causing discomfort to the toll worker and fellow drivers. 

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Don't talk on your cell phone:

While it may be tempting to take that important phone call, it's considerate to put your cell phone down when you reach the toll booth. Acknowledge the toll worker and complete your transaction before resuming your conversation. Remember, politeness goes a long way. And that leads us to our last note.

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Be polite and patient:

Patience and courtesy are key to a harmonious toll booth experience. Remember that toll workers handle numerous transactions throughout the day and appreciate kind and respectful interactions. Take a moment to say thank you and be understanding if there are delays or unforeseen circumstances.

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By following these rules of toll booth etiquette, you can contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable journey for everyone involved. 

Now, go have fun wherever you’re traveling!

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