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My summer home has a 300' gravel driveway. I'm concerned about the 1/4 panels on my pristine V. I know the factory tires are sticky, and pebbles will embed in the tread; and get kicked up at speed. Anyone have a similar concern, or nice mud flaps ?
 

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You could always put some 3M clear guard because I imagine mud flaps would be ugly. Also, I notice pebbles constantly collecting inside that panel; behind the plastic trim that's suppose to prevent it.
 

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I use 3M paint defender at the dragstrip. Look at all of the 3M paint protection products to see what is right for you. Please don't put mudflaps on a V though; buy a Yugo for getting up and down the driveway before you put (even tasteful ones) mudflaps on a V.
 

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Glad you posted this up. I am going to bid on a home next week with about 300' of gravel driveway, too. I hadn't thought of that. Too expensive to pave it. Hmm, how much is that red carpet?
 

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My gravel (bluestone) drive is about 1000 feet (also a summer house); we added some larger stones for better erosion control (can't recall the size). While they get stuck in the Suburban tires and kick up with a "bang," we really didn't have an issue with the V (neither the PS2's or the Hankooks).

We picked the kids up from a camp in the poconos once, in the V.....it was abut 2 miles down a crappy gravel road and the noise of pebbles getting kicked up, even going very slowly, was sickening. But there was no visible damage.......
 

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If I end up with a house I am bidding on at auction (right now), it has gravel as I mentioned earlier. My wife, bless her heart, said we are going to get concrete out there.
 

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We live down a 0.5 mile gravel road. 4 families in here - we all pitch in and keep it maintained with large bluestone chip. 28 years.

The secret is to drive at <10 mph. No problems with 5 cars and 4 trucks over the years.

Of course, if you're always in a hurry, there are always mud flaps which help out with much more than gravel damage. Winter salt and sand at 65 mph does a LOT more damage than gravel at a crawl. Concrete is nice, but if it is anywhere near trees or vegetation be ready to power wash/bleach it twice a year (ask my patio and front walk).

This is just our driveway/parking lot. The gravel road runs N-S just beyond the large dark oak tree.

See any problems with the car ? It has been traveling this road since 11/05.
 

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I'm in the process of building a 2nd home and we are going to have a gravel driveway. Good info here gentlemen, Thanks for sharing!

Michael Bello
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Talk to an experienced driveway guy....not necessarily your builder. Builders like the larger stones because they better support heavy equipment. But the larger stones make it look like a construction site, and they are painful to walk on in bare feet. The size that we chose for ours is much smaller than the "construction" size, but are large enough so as not to get washed away by rain. As noted above, it is not an issue with the cars, but we keep speed down.....
 

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Um, have your driveway paved. Seriously. Gravel driveways annoy guests with nice cars, like me. No matter how impressive the home, and yes, I get the aesthetic of "bygone era", but pave it and be done with it. "Mudflaps"?! C'mon now.

Twice I've bailed on home purchases based on approaches that required negotiating a dirt or gravel road. That's a choice. Your driveway though? You can own that.
 

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Gravel driveways annoy guests with nice cars.....
Phooey !!! Everything from Ford Escorts to Jaguars to Ferrari California has been and gone from here over the years - not one complaint yet. Even a pretty '49 Merc. If you drive sanely there's no problem, and gravel under snow usually provides better traction for just about any car - so climate and location also can factor in.

Just what makes a fairly common CTS a "nice car" compared to a Lexus, Jag, Rolls, Town Car, 1956 Ford Crown Vic, 1937 Dodge Brothers Six, Explorer, Panther Crown Vic ?
 

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Phooey !!! Everything from Ford Escorts to Jaguars to Ferrari California has been and gone from here over the years - not one complaint yet. Even a pretty '49 Merc. If you drive sanely there's no problem, and gravel under snow usually provides better traction for just about any car - so climate and location also can factor in.

Just what makes a fairly common CTS a "nice car" compared to a Lexus, Jag, Rolls, Town Car, 1956 Ford Crown Vic, 1937 Dodge Brothers Six, Explorer, Panther Crown Vic ?
Agree 100%. Also, my driveway is 1000 feet. you think paving is better? You wanna write the check for me? Also, a gravel drive is NOT a dirt road. Here in NoVA there are plenty of multimillion dollar homes, with plenty of six figure vehicles, with.....you guessed it......gravel drives.
 

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Phooey my ass. The OP stated a question based on the weaknesses inherit on a gravel driveway. I simply noted that, they are dusty, no matter what you say to those of us with black cars, and his easiest solution is to pave. The fact that "multimillion-dollar homes" have them is irrelevant. I've been in enough poorly thought out or decorated mansions in my day to dismiss cost of a property for essential utility. Have your gravel driveways, I get it. My friend sold hers on the Montecito beach for $35 million cash last year. I just don't like them. They are presumptuous at that level. Sorry. No one complains because we are polite. I won't trade a friendship over a gravel driveway. BUT, they suck, period.
 

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I have turned down a house that is where I want for a bargain because it has a dirt road to get in and out. Less than 1500 feet, but I don't want a dirt road.
 

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Concrete is nice, but if it is anywhere near trees or vegetation be ready to power wash/bleach it twice a year (ask my patio and front walk).
:confused: Why would one need to be ready to do that? I've lived in a variety of locations around the country with concrete driveways and I've never heard of such a thing. I could understand cleaning up an oil spill or something like that, but other than that, what's the point?
 
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