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How wide should I pave my driveway?

Updated February 21, 2017

Chances are, you don't give much thought to the width of a driveway until you encounter one that's too small, making you feel claustrophobic and nervous about causing damage to unseen lawn ornaments. Keep these tips in mind when planning your new driveway to ensure maximum comfort.

Driveway Width

Drivewaytips.com recommends a driveway width of 10 to 12 feet to allow one car at a time. Driveways of 8 to 9 feet wide can feel too tight and don't allow passengers to exit the car comfortably.

Space Per Car

You'll need to take length into account when planning your driveway. Leave a footer at the end of your driveway to allow for foot traffic; Drivewaytips.com suggests 18 to 20 feet of length per car and a footer of 6 feet.

Double Driveway

If you have a lot of drivers in your house, you'll want to create a double-wide driveway to allow two cars to park side by side. In this case, make your driveway 20 to 24 feet, or double the width of a single driveway.

Considerations

If your property is surrounded by high brick walls, you'll need extra space for the driveway. Drivewaytips.com recommends 14 feet instead of 10 to 12 feet for drivers with high walls; the extra room allows passengers to safely open car doors without banging them.

Tip

When planning your driveway, Askthebuilder.com recommends supporting asphalt or concrete with 6 extra inches of gravel support on each side. This supports your paving material and prevents crumbling in case a guest drives off your driveway and onto the lawn.

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