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ccfluff | 17:33 Sat 10th May 2008 | Home & Garden
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Is there a minimum width required for a driveway?

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I'm not aware of any rules of this, but if you are constructing a new driveway, don't forget to allow for the width of a vehicle with the doors on both sides open, plus room to manoeuvre around with say a wheelie bin ! I'd allow 4m if I had the room. Don't forget to take into account any areas required for reversing/turning around - it's much easier to drive *out of* a driveway pointing forwards than having to reverse out into the flow of traffic.

When designing single track access roads, I often use the width required by the emergency vehicles (3.65m) as a guide and just round it up to 4m for ease of measurement.
No regulation on minimum width that I know of.
Just rules on visibility at the point the access emerges onto a public highway, and a requirement to be able to turn a car around so you don't find yourself backing out again.
As Buildersmate mentions above, you do need to take into account the *visibility splay*. This is the distance a driver is able to see from the driveway in either direction. The minimum distance depends on the speed and use of the road - you need to check with the highways department of your local authority for what is required for your driveway.

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