My three year old son and I went out for a “man day” to spend time together. I had to go to Wal-Mart and Man-Depot (how he says HomeDepot) to get stuff for my real job. On the way back we stopped to get lunch at Carl’s Jr. (one of the greatest burger chains ever!), he was half asleep so I decided to go through the drive-through. I ordered and then sat in line reassuring my kid that his kid’s meal was on the way.
I never really liked drive-throughs. It seems like such a great idea, but… the words of an old cop in California always come back, “don’t get caught in the drive-through it’s like getting caught with you pants down.” While I haven’t heard of very many crimes committed at drive-throughs I just get nervous being boxed in. Back at the Carl’s Jr drive through I looked around like I always do and found that there really isn’t anyway out except over the curb and up this giant hill to the freeway. Luckily I drive a big F250 Super Duty Diesel 4X4 and it would make it without a problem. I looked at the minivan in front of me with kids jumping up and down in the back seat and the little BMW behind me. Neither one would have any hope of getting out.
Don’t get caught with your pants down at the drive through. Drive around the building first, if there isn’t a way for your vehicle to get out when you are in the middle of the line, go inside. It’s just a rule I live by to make sure I stay safe and keep my family safe. Having an exit in mind is a normal part of my life. Anytime I go somewhere I’m always looking for another way out. I think I picked up the habit working for the armored car company, but I don’t remember, I’ve just always done it. When I walk in someplace I look for the exits and how the area is laid out. I do the same when I drive into a parking lot. It could save you in an emergency and just lets you go around crowds on normal days.