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Protect Overhead Drive-Thru Assets with Clearance Bars

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, drive-thru lanes have become a staple of convenience, offering quick access to food, banking, car washes, and pharmacy services. However, one aspect that is often overlooked is the significance of Clearance Bar overhead protection. This seemingly simple piece of protection plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety, efficiency, and longevity of drive-thru operations.

Protecting Infrastructure and Vehicles

Clearance Bars are installed at the entrance of drive-thru lanes to indicate the maximum vehicle height allowed. This is essential for preventing oversized vehicles from entering areas where they could potentially cause damage. Without these bars, taller vehicles like vans, trucks, and SUVs, might collide with low-hanging structures, such as canopies, signage, or even the building itself. The result can be costly damage to both the infrastructure and the vehicle, leading to expensive repairs and potential downtime for the business. 

Hitting the Clearance Bar itself can also cause damage to vehicles. If you’re a business owner looking to avoid that as well, Ideal Shield’s Clearance Bars are made from HDPE plastic which means that even if the vehicle hits the bar, instead of damaging the vehicle like steel height restriction bars, the plastic Clearance Bar will allow for the driver to be aware of the height restriction and maneuver out of the lane before hitting the overhead assets. 

Ideal Shield's Lime Green Clearance Bars for IQ Car Wash drive-thru lanes

Ideal Shield’s Lime Green Clearance Bars for IQ Car Wash drive-thru lanes.

Ensuring Customer and Employee Safety

Safety is paramount in any service industry, and drive-thrus are no exception. Clearance Bars help to prevent accidents that could occur when a vehicle that is too tall tries to navigate through a restricted space. Such accidents not only pose a risk to the vehicle driver and passengers but also to employees and other customers who might be in the vicinity. By clearly indicating height restrictions, Clearance Bars mitigate the risk of collisions and ensure a safer environment for everyone.

Enhancing Operational Efficiency

Operational efficiency is key to the success of any drive-thru service. When an oversized vehicle gets stuck or causes damage, it disrupts the flow of traffic, leading to delays and frustration for other customers and potential shutdowns for the business. This can result in a negative customer experience, potentially driving business away. Clearance Bars help to maintain a smooth flow of traffic by preventing such incidents, ensuring that all vehicles passing through are of appropriate height and can be serviced without issue.

Ideal Shield's Standard Clearance Bar Apparatus at a drive-thru

Ideal Shield’s Standard Clearance Bar Apparatus at a drive-thru.

Clearance Bar overhead protection is a critical component of drive-thru lane infrastructure. It safeguards both physical assets and people, enhances operational efficiency, and helps reduce liability and insurance costs. For businesses that rely on drive-thru services, investing in proper clearance bar systems is not just a precautionary measure but a strategic move to ensure smooth, safe, and efficient operations.

If you’re sick of customers hitting your overhead assets or want to be proactive and avoid a future accident before it happens, contact our experienced sale team today. The team can go over our available Clearance Bar options including different size and color options, as well as discuss our free-standing Clearance Bar Apparatus. We look forward to helping you protect high and low!