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Drive Thru

Definition of Drive Thru

Drive Thru or Drive Through, this is a kind of service that certain companies provide, with the ease of dispatching customers from the comfort of their cars.

One of the most peculiar characteristics of these places is that they have a microphone, in which you give your order to the person who is at the window in front of your car.

These differ from the Drive-In, as in the Drive-Thru you don’t stop to wait, request your order, remove it and leave the parking, while the Drive-in allow you to park in what you expect your order.

There are multiple companies that provide Drive Thru services, from fast food restaurants, to banks, pharmacies, among others.

The places that offer these services have a special area for this, with an exclusive staff for this service.  


This type of service is started in the 1930s by Jordan Martin, in the United States.

One of the first banks to provide services from a window to the customer’s vehicle was the Grand National Bank of St. Louis, Missouri in 1930, in which only deposits could be made.

 Curious Facts 

  1. In Las Vegas there is a drive-thru for weddings, which are a kind of specialized chapels.
  2. There are funeral homes where mourners from a window leave their offerings for the remains of their loved ones.
  3. In 2020, outpatient centers have been installed to test drivers for COVID-19.