As I prepare for more events in the Dallas Fort Worth area, I’m noticing that the locations are almost always near a toll road, or that taking a toll road will save me time and mileage. Convenience cost, doesn’t it? I realize I’m behind times, as most of my friends and blogging buddies already have a TollTag. So I ask, is driving on a toll road important to you, where ever you live or will you drive further to avoid paying toll fees?
I’m sharing this because I had a tire blowout on a toll road last month and although I had roadside assistant through my cell phone, unbeknownst to me, the dude couldn’t fix my tire…WHAT! Yes, the wrecker they sent – no. 1 had never fixed a flat tire on a GMC Yukon….I’m not kidding as that is what he told me. No. 2 – he didn’t have the proper tool to fix my flat and he couldn’t find it on my vehicle anywhere. Amy, my blogger friend had to show him where she thought it might be. Evidently, there’s a specific tool that unlocks the department where this tool is. Okay, so we couldn’t find the tool…but in my opinion, every wrecker service SHOULD carry all tools to all vehicles.
So, off he goes and left me stranded. THEN, another wrecker service came by while I was on the phone to the Verizon Roadside Assistant mind you that I pay for each month. I told her someone else pulled up and he is with NTTA. I had no idea who he was and where he came from. But then he told me is works for the toll road. I asked him how much he charged to fix my flat. He said it was free. Another…WHAT! Hung up from the girl on the phone and this nice guy proceeded to tell me that anytime anyone drives on a toll road and they are stranded for any reason, the service is FREE. He had the tool and my flat was fixed and I was on my way in minutes. Needless to say, I canceled my other service when I got home.
What are friends for? This is me and Amy. We were on our way to a blogger even in Plano when I had the flat tire. Luckily, she wasn’t too far away from me so she turned around and came to my rescue. She waited close by until my car was fixed. That’s what friends are for!!
Okay, so after this incident I got a new car. I was in the process of getting one. Have had a few more events that were in Dallas near a toll road. So I decided that I was going to take the toll road any chance. And you know why? Because it’s nice people like this young man that made my mind up for me. Not only will I take a toll road in Dallas, I also bought a TollTag. I’m complete now.
Texas TollTags are good in Texas and Oklahoma…so I should be good to go. It was only $20 to start. If I go over that amount in the next 3 months, the fee goes up to $40 and stays that way. I figure I’ll use all of that this year and next.