Without owning an I-PASS, how to drive on Illinois tollway.

Experience With Illinois Tollways

I drive on the Illinois Tollways quite a bit to visit my mom who lives in the suburbs. It is the fastest and easiest way to get there. I know people who will avoid driving on the tollway no matter what. In my opinion, it is much better to pay the money for the convenience.

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Advantages Of Driving On The Tollway And Owning An I-PASS

Like I said, taking the tollway in Illinois makes traveling by car much easier. Even if you do not drive on those highways very often, it is still worth owning an I-PASS transponder. First of all, the tolls are cheaper. Nowadays, you can no longer pay with cash, so it is much easier to take care of the fees with the unit. Plus, you can use it in multiple states if you are traveling.

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Can You Drive On The Illinois Tollway Without An I-PASS

First of all, I highly discourage it. Yes, you are allowed to do it but it will cost you more money. Also, it is sort of a pain to pay for your tolls without one. If you do not take the tollway very often, you can set it for a low amount. Unless you go through a toll, your money stays in the account for future use.

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How To Use The Illinois Tollway Without Owning An I-PASS Transponder

If You decide to not own an I-PASS transponder for your vehicle, here is how to take care of your tolls. You can choose to do it one of two ways. There is either pay in advance or pay after you go through them. It is called "Pay By Plate."

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Using Pay By Plate Method

It is pretty basic. You go to the website, illinoistollway.com and set up an account. If you know how many tolls you will be traveling through on that trip, you just put that amount on your online account. Then you do not have to worry about it later. The other option is to pay later. Again, you go to your account and put the money on it there. You have fourteen days to take care of any missed tolls. After that, you get fined. For your convenience, there is even a trip calculator to figure out what you will end up owing.

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