You do drive-throughs when you are in a rush. They are a fast means that ensure great comfort because you make and receive your order right in your car. However, there are a few habits that people typically exhibit when in drive-throughs, and so cause a delay for everyone else on the line. If you do any of these, stop!
Doing this while in the drive-through is just terrible! You leave the attendant confused as he/she can't determine which part of the conversation is even directed at her.
Ultimately, you annoy other customers as you slow down the line. Stop!
This is rather common and even more so when you are new to that particular drive-through. One way to avoid this is by making your decision before you reach there.
Is it coffee and jammy doughnuts to help you kickstart your day? Whatever it is, always decide before reaching the drive-through.
This can be quite nerve-wracking for the attendant as he/she hurries to get you everything to make the line go on faster.
Many drive-throughs provide a microphone for customers, but not all have it. When they don't, try to make yourself more audible by leaning forward and speaking louder.
Drive-throughs are meant to provide quick attention to customers. If you and your pals drop by and start to make a large order, it can be deemed inappropriate as you delay many other people on the line.
It would be more courteous to go to the main restaurant and order takeout!
Once you've pulled up to the window and made your choice of food, the workers immediately start preparing it. Changing your order will slow things down, so it is just better to go inside since you have enough time to change the order.
Again, the most crucial thing about drive-throughs is that they provide orders at a quick rate. You should never do anything to impede the flow of cars; move ahead when you should!
Whether you're in a hurry or not, it is bad manners to interrupt ANYONE while they are talking. It is usually a part of the attendant's job to offer greetings and little information about what they offer, etc.
So, calm down and let him/her do so before placing your order.
We get it; you are trying to be friendly – just not at the drive-through!
It is discourteous to idle at the window, smiling and passing banter back and forth with the attendant when many more people are on the line waiting to make their order. Get on with it!
Again, make things fast and comfortable at the drive-through. Lower your music when it is your turn so the attendant can hear you.
A drive-through is not the place to grab a quick lunch with friends and, most notably, not when you are paying separately. Presenting different cards to the order-taker will surely slow down the line, so it is advisable that you all walk into the restaurant and order takeouts.