A driveway is a type of private road for local access to one or a small group of structures, and is owned and maintained by an individual or group.

Driveways rarely have traffic lights, but some that bear heavy traffic, especially those leading to commercial businesses and parks, do.

Driveways may be decorative in ways that public roads cannot, because of their lighter traffic and the willingness of owners to invest in their construction. Driveways are not resurfaced, snow blown or otherwise maintained by governments. They are generally designed to conform to the architecture of connected houses or other buildings.

Materials used for driveways include concrete, decorative brick, cobblestone, block paving, asphalt, and decomposed granite, surrounded with grass or other ground-cover plants.

Driveways are commonly used as paths to private garages, carports, or houses. On large estates, a driveway may be the road that leads to the house from the public road, possibly with a gate in between. Some driveways divide to serve different homeowners. A driveway may also refer to a small apron of pavement in front of a garage with a curb cut in the sidewalk, sometimes too short to accommodate a car.

Often, either by choice or to conform with local regulations, cars are parked in driveways in order to leave streets clear for traffic. Moreover, some jurisdictions prohibit parking or leave standing any motor vehicle upon any residential lawn area (defined as the property from the front of a residential house, condominium, or cooperative to the street line other than a driveway, walkway, concrete or blacktopped surface parking space). Other examples, include the city of Berkeley, California that forbids "any person to park or leave standing, or cause to be parked or left standing any vehicle upon any public street in the City for seventy-two or more consecutive hours." Other areas may prohibit leaving vehicles on residential streets from 2 am to 6 am, necessitating the use of driveways.

Residential driveways are also used for such things as garage sales, automobile washing and repair, and recreation, notably (in North America) for basketball practice.

Another form of drive is a 'Run-Up'. A short piece of land used usually at the front of the property to park a vehicle on. Run-ups are made from a number of different materials including brick paving, concrete and gravel.

Other articles related to "driveway":

Creation - Easement By Estoppel
... For example Ray sells land to Joe on the promise that Joe can use Ray's driveway and bridge to the main road at anytime, but Ray does not include the easement in ... a house and connects a garage to Ray's driveway ... later decides to gate off the driveway and prevents Joe (or Joe's successors) from accessing the driveway, a court would likely find an easement by estoppel ...
Superchunk Discography - Discography - 7" Singles and EP's
... in Fate" 1991 Merge On Paper it Made Perfect Sense "Driveway to Driveway" "Driveway to Driveway" (Acoustic) "Seed Toss" (Acoustic) "Sick to Move" (Acoustic) "You Cheat ...
Queen Elizabeth Driveway
... Queen Elizabeth Driveway is a scenic parkway in Ottawa, Canada that runs along the western edge of the Rideau Canal ... The driveway was one of the first projects of the NCC, known (before 1927) as the Ottawa Improvement Agency ... The driveway was lined with trees and gardens, and a series of large houses were built along it ...
The Clambakes Series Vol. 3 - Track Listing
... Hearts" "Nu Bruises" "The Question is How Fast" "Watery Hands" "Pink Clouds" "Driveway to Driveway" "Hyper Enough" "Martinis on the Roof" "Like a Fool" "Slack ... Is How Fast" "Ribbon" "The First Part" "Driveway to Driveway" "Hyper Enough" "Watery Hands" "The Majestic" "Hello Hawk" "1,000 Pounds" "Late-Century Dream" "Art Class (Song for Yayoi Kusama)" "Misfi ...

Famous quotes containing the word driveway:

    The driveway waited. The grass was mown.
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)