If we’re going to pay tolls on our highways, at least we have the EZ-Pass. Tolls can be cheaper depending what state you’re traveling in, and having an EZ-Pass provides for a good laugh at people who’ve been too stubborn to sign up for the transponders. (The westbound off-ramp on the Massachusetts Turnpike at Sturbridge serves as a perfect example of this; you save at least ten minutes of traveling time when volume is nauseating and you’re an EZ-Pass customer.)
Unfortunately, some drivers may own cars with windshield glass that renders the EZ-Pass transponder inoperable. Consumer Reports uncovered the possibility during a test drive of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. Infrared blocking technology in the glass helps cool the car’s interior, but also takes out the sensor capability of the EZ-Pass.
BMW, Ford, GM and Mercedes have all used these windshields in their cars over the years; Consumer Reports wasn’t able to locate a comprehensive or up to date list of affected models. But they did go and contact the 14 EZ-Pass agencies who administer the EZ-Pass system in eastern states. The solution? A no-extra-cost license plate-mounted transponder made specifically for your travelling ease that reduces the possibility of being subjected to legalese (as in not getting a ticket for blowing through a toll when you think your EZ-Pass works but doesn’t).
Just somethin’ to be aware of.
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