The other work-arounds I typically use:
- If there are other vehicles, I'll get behind one. Sure, I passed up a number of open lanes with this strategy, but I never pull up to a closed one.
- Always, always go to the window. If the drive-thru is open, the left-most lane is always open.
This drive-thru near my home developed a simple sign that is easier for all to see, and provides a significant benefit for color deficient drivers.
Brilliant. If we were in 1992 and I still used the bank drive-thru (vs. online banking and the ATM, neither of which is ever closed), I'd seriously consider switching banks for this reason alone. Nice work, Boone County National. You've secured my hypothetical, fourth-dimensional business.
What other everyday, driving-around-town experiences have you had like this? I tend to forget about them since I've "worked around" them for so long, but I'm sure there are other common stories. Let me know.