These Crazy Photos Show Just How Long Fast-Food Drive-Thru Lines Are Right Now

Here's a bird's-eye view of the lines right now.

We’ve all been feeling cooped up lately. The best way to take a break from the real world is by munching on a Big Mac or a 10-piece Chicken McNuggets. Now that fast-food chains are only doing to-go orders, though, you may have noticed that lines are a few car lengths longer.

These photos show what you’re in for on the cruise to the drive-thru. Don’t be afraid to pack a pre-lunch snack!

Who has the longest drive-thru line?

MILL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: Cars line up at a McDonald's drive-thru on April 22, 2020 in Mill Valley, California. McDonald’s announced plans to offer free Thank You Meals to first responders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic between April 22 and May 5. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Justin Sullivan/getty Images

McDonald’s is known for speed, but everyone craving a side of unreasonably delicious McDonald’s fries is waiting a little longer. By the way, this is why their fries are so addictive.

HICKSVILLE, NEW YORK - MAY 02: In this aerial image from a drone, the line for the drive-in window at at Starbucks wraps around the building and on to the main road on May 2, 2020 in Hicksville, New York. Restaurants continue to keep their dining rooms closed and have relied on deliveries and pick up windows due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)Bruce Bennett/getty Images

Starbucks is packed lately, and everyone’s waiting for a caffeine pick-me-up. The good news is that Starbucks is tentatively rolling out plans to reopen stores in June, so you may not be waiting in the drive-thru for too much longer.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 26: A general view of the Hollywood In-N-Out Burger on Sunset Blvd during the evening dinner rush, where cars will wait up to an hour to receive drive-thru service after the 'Safer at Home' emergency order was issued by L.A. authorities amid the ongoing threat of the coronavirus outbreak on March 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/getty Images

In-N-Out is taking precautions during COVID-19 by sticking solely to the drive-thru at most locations, plus offering patio delivery to pedestrians.

How to skip the drive-thru line

Don’t worry—there are plenty of ways to get your grub without spending too long in the drive-thru. We recommend contactless delivery for a safe and speedy dinner, and many delivery services and restaurants are offering discounts right now to support the foodservice industry.

Services like Uber Eats are even waiving delivery fees on orders from local restaurants who may be struggling through these tough times. If you do brave the journey to the drive-thru, it’s important to practice patience and treat your servers with kindness. They’re working hard to keep us happy and full, and we couldn’t be more grateful!

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