How to Use the New Jersey Turnpike

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The New Jersey Turnpike is one of the most heavily traveled roads in the entire state. Still, some people are confused when it comes to navigating its toll booths. In 2011, a standard toll for a car could run anywhere from 60 cents to $8.20 depending on the method of payment and the mileage.

Check the New Jersey turnpike site for discount options. Buy an E-Z pass if you will use the turnpike on a regular basis. The pass will save money on the tool booths, and there are marked lanes for E-Z pass holders. In 2010, 75 percent of all tolls on the turnpike went through E-Z lanes. Discounts are also available for senior citizens and green vehicles.

Check the travel time for more discounts. The tolls are higher during peak hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Enter the turnpike at any non E-Z pass gate if you don't have an E-Z pass.

Give the toll collector the ticket at the end of the trip. If you don't have the full amount of the toll, the collector can take a partial payment, or issue a no-fund receipt. You will be billed by mail for the rest of the toll. Collect your change, pull off slowly, and follow the signs to the exit.

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