The imminent opening of a drive-through coffee shop near where we live is causing a bit of a stir in our city’s social media pages.
Other than trying to decide whether to drive-through or drive-thru, the celestial-deer named outlet has left me pondering whether I think the whole concept is a good idea or not.
Objectively, I don’t like the way, as a society, we are becoming more and more like automatons isolated in our tin cans with less and less human interaction required.
Subjectively, as the mother of three aged 5 and under, and it’s a big Hell Yeah! from me (as long as they serve orange juice through their window as well because I don’t actually drink coffee…).
I regularly use a drive-through petrol station because why go to the hassle of getting up to three small children in and out of a car, potentially waking them up and/or putting them in front of pester power sweet displays, if you don’t have to?
So I asked some other family bloggers what side of the fence I should come down on.
Linda Hobbis of Mother Distracted, concentrating on fast food drive-throughs, agrees with my objective side – “Hate them. Cheap, unhealthy food chucked at you in a brown bag. That’s no way to eat. Not to mention the nation’s ever growing girth. Better food and better priced food at service stations is what I would prefer”.
Household Money Saving’s Pete Chatfield joins me astride the fence. “I love them, apart from two things. Some of them are designed so badly that when it rains, it drips from the roof into your car when you’re ordering. And I hate being sat in a queue of 12 cars to see that it’s empty inside. Despite that, it means I don’t have to move from my car and use my legs. I would like to see a drive-through Toby Carvery though.”
And other parents also cherish the route of less faff.
“I love them because I don’t have to worry about all the hassle of getting the baby out of the car, into a pushchair, somehow carry the food and manage a pushchair and then get everyone and everything back into the car,” says Laura Chesmer of Autumn’s Mummy. “Sometimes when my daughter was tiny I’d drive around to get her to sleep then got to the drive through to get some lunch in peace. It was the only way sometimes!”
And Sinead Latham agrees, “Drive through Sbux has saved many a long motorway journey with just me and the Small. Don’t have to worry about waking them up and dragging them out of the car when they are sleeping.”
As does All Things Pink’s Maya Dupre, “Love Starbucks and it’s so much easier when they have a drive through especially when you have a baby. It saves you from getting out the pushchair just to walk in and grab a frappe and then juggle that, your purse and bag back to the car!”
And, for some parents, this practicality can be even more important for them as Ann Hickman of Rainbows are too beautiful explains. “Drive throughs can be super useful for us. Two of our kids are autistic and can find the process of going and getting things in a shop stressful. This way we can get things in our car and the kids can go in when/if they’ve got used to it and the food. Big thumbs up from us.”
Some mums are such big fans of the idea they’d like to see more services functioning in the same way.
“I’d like a drive-through doctor for routine appointments because I’m tired of sitting for an hour in a waiting room full of sick people for an appointment that’s two minutes long anyway!” says Welsh Mum Christy Bruckner.
“My friend has often told me about the drive through nurseries they have in Texas – she used to drive to the nursery, the staff unbuckle the kids then you drive off! It’s the same with pick-up. No fighting for a car parking space or playground politics. Sounds like the dream!” says Samantha Rickelton of North East Family Fun.
“Obsessed with a drive through!!!” Jenna Newell of Then There Were Three admits. “They’re so convenient when you have kids. I wish we had drive thru cash machines here like America, or where I can order my shop online and go to a drive thru to collect it. Or a drive thru Nando’s!”
And Welsh Mum Writing Helen Trehane agrees with the need for a step up from supermarket click and collect, “Love a drive-thru coffee franchise. The car is the only place my son will nap now. I’d like a proper drive through shop. I’m not talking click and collect, I just want to sit in the car, with Boy asleep, open the boot and let someone load it with my order.”
But it’s Lauren Gordon from Dilan and Me and The Mummy Monster’s Nicola Wills that share my desire for a particular new drive-through service.
“Love them,” says Lauren. “So good when the baby is asleep and you don’t want to wake them. I really wish there was a drive through Tesco express type shop, just to pick up the basics like bread and milk without getting out of the car!”
“I want a drive through essentials shop!!!” agrees Nicola. “I hate having to get the boys out when all I need is milk!!”
Do you love them or hate them? If you have another genius idea for one then let us know below!