From the moment the car was invented, it was inevitable that drivers would try to achieve everything they possibly could without actually getting out of their vehicle. Welcome to human nature.
The United States led the way and continues to do so. Stateside, there is no need to leave the driver’s seat if you feel like buying fast food, or liquor, if you need to vote in some states (California and Oregon), get married (Vegas, of course), pray (drive-through chapel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida) or buy groceries and petrol through a fully automated drive-through service (Smartmart, Memphis, Tennessee).
Drive-through open casket viewings at funeral homes continue to exist at select locations.
There’s a living, breathing drive-through tree north of San Francisco, and drive-through law firms, libraries and art galleries, among other highlights. Famously, drive-through open casket viewings at funeral homes continue to exist at select locations, led by the Robert L. Adams Mortuary in Compton, LA. People can pay their respects to dead friends from the car, engine revving.
Why, you may well ask? Well: “It’s a convenience thing,” the parlour’s owner Peggy Scott Adams told the Los Angeles Times. “You can come by after work, you don’t need to deal with parking, you can sign the book outside and the family knows that you paid your respects.”
But what about here in Victoria? Do we have anything to compare to drive-through coffin inspections? You’d be surprised if you start to look around. Of course, there are bottle shops, and even more obviously, there are fast-food drive throughs. Drive-through automatic car washes have also remained as enticing as when they first appeared, reportedly in Europe in the 1930s. Octopus-style foamy sponge tentacles never date.
But from there, Victoria’s drive-through options become stranger, more eclectic and of mixed success. For example, Melbourne’s Kittens car wash, with scantily clad female car cleaners, turned off its taps well before the Weinstein scandal and the #metoo movement which would make it an even less appropriate business for the staid corner of Warrigal and North roads in Oakleigh.