It's not impossible to avoid toll roads, but it's definitely inconvenient. And tolls are too, especially if you refuse to carry change or haven't ordered one of the right passes that charges as you drive through.
Toll roads become most problematic for drivers who log a lot of miles on different roads with incompatible systems — meaning the drivers have to manage multiple accounts to avoid getting hit with fines. This means they either mount several toll transponders to their windshields, which can impair vision, or make sure they always grab the right one at the right toll booth.
But what if U.S. toll authorities could all grow up, agree on a mutually beneficial business model and let drivers use one system across the board?
That's what Audi is hoping to do with its latest technology — or at least make toll roads less of a hassle for drivers. Certain models available from Audi sold in North America will be fitted with integrated toll technology that is compatible with 98 percent of United States toll roads, as well as some in Canada and Mexico.