How Wide Should My Driveway Be?

How Wide Should My Driveway Be?  If You Are Getting A New Driveway Do It Right.

Deciding the width of a driveway depends on the type of vehicles you will park on your property and the design of the driveway. If you own only cars, then a single wide driveway will suffice. But if you own an RV or a tractor trailer cab, a double-wide driveway may suit your needs better. The first step for determining your driveway paving needs requires assessing the your particular situation and needs and vehicle plans for the future.

How Wide Should My Driveway Be?

Starting From Scratch? 10-12 Feet In Width Is Normal

If you are starting from scratch such as with nothing or a stone base we would go with 10 -12 feet wide.  If you have a mid-size car to pickup truck a 10 foot wide driveway would be the norm. For campers, trailers or bigger pickup trucks we would go to 12 feet in width.   What is most important is to avoid driving on the edges of the driveway because it will crack the asphalt and degrade the life of the driveway.

Considering A Parking Pad?

When it comes to parking pads:  We figure on 10 feet width per car.  And 20 feet in length per car.  If you desire for your cars to be parked side by side, a double wide parking pad measuring 20 feet wide is appropriate.

However, paying attention to the length of the driveway or parking area is important too. If the tires of a vehicle rest on the edge of a driveway, it will increase the chances of the driveway cracking.  So we will often recommend you go slightly longer than the length of your RV or trailer, to avoid having the wheels going on the edges and damaging your driveway.

Should You Use A Special Asphalt For Larger Heavier Vehicles?

Yes, you should use a different asphalt when your vehicles are more than 5 tons and you plan to park them at your home.  You should use ID3.  It tends to hold up to weight better, resists oils spills and does not crack as fast. It takes a beating better than any other surface and it is best when considering traction on hills.

The average car weight 4-5,000 lbs. Pickup trucks and diesel trucks weigh between 7-10,000 lbs.

Loop or Horseshoe Driveways

Loop driveways, circle or horseshoe shaped need a nice radius. Normally, 12 feet wide is a recommended. Have the person constructing the driveway spray paint the design on the yard before digging. But the most important thing to remember is not to park on the edges of the driveway because it will crack and the cracks will spread if not properly maintained.

For Commercial Parking Lots and Driveways

When if comes to commercial parking lot paving, code dictates 10 feet wide per parking spot.  So if you are starting with a parking lot and trying to determine how many parking spots you can get on your driveway 10 feet wide is the rule of thumb.

How Wide Should My Driveway Be? was last modified: August 30th, 2014 by William Stanley