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post #1 of 23 Old 05-17-2017, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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They can't stay on the driveway

My driveway is narrow driveway which I can stay on and have no problem with, my wife ... that's a whole other story. She likes to backup using the rear view mirror while ignoring the side view ones as I've told her repeatedly the last 15 years I know I need a wider one put in, but it's not on my list of things I want to or need to spend money on right now.
What can I do with the sides to protect the edges during the interim? I don't want a bunch of rocks ending up in my yard that I have to worry about hitting with the mower blades, and there is an incline. The crack is ages old from the root of a tree that was removed, and it has not often worse. I plan to power-wash any debris the crack and to tamp some asphalt into it very soon.




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Re: They can't stay on the driveway

Dig out /level a bit and line with the red flat big papers. Or use two rows of smaller ones or bricks. I find the larger rectangular ones are fine if you get them on flat surface. They can crack but easy to replace one that does.
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Remove the inside rear view mirror.

My first van was a '66 Chev bakery truck. No back windows.

My wife and both my kids were trained to back into the driveway with whatever they were driving, whether it was my G20 Chev van or a Pontiac Grand Am. My mother also backed into the driveway with her Vega and Olds Cutlass while she was still driving.

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Re: They can't stay on the driveway

Rocks along the driveway.
Really big rocks that won't move if they're bumped with a car.

Funny related backing up story... Lightly Foggy night last fall. Babysitter very new to driving. Night time. Driveway well lit at garage and at end via street light. Driveway 10' wide, arrow straight, 160' long. All there was to do was back STRAIGHT UP TO THE STREET! My wife told me I should be a gentleman and back the car out of the driveway for her. I rebutted that she needs to know how to back up a freaking car if she's going to be driving. If she can't she has no business being behind the wheel of a car no matter what way it's moving (she lived two blocks away and there was ZERO traffic that hour of the night). She must have proven that she can maneuver a car, because they gave her a licensce, right?
Somehow, she managed to veer 7' off the driveway and hit a high stump with the middle of the rear bumper. No damage to stump, but a little red paint taken off plastic car bumper, and a very cheap lesson learned on how not to back up a car as far as I'm concerned.


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Re: They can't stay on the driveway

It's probably not the only place she has problems Jake.

Buy Her a compact car and She'll love you for it.

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Spikes along the edge of the driveway would work...

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Re: They can't stay on the driveway

Maybe those inflatable gutter bumpers they use at the bowling alley?


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You guys see too funny. All excellent ideas.
Sorry Greybeard, I just put new tires on the cars.
She does she his in our SUV and our compact car!
I don't know where to start. I look at my rear view mirror, but it's so easy to just look at be edge of the driveway using the side view mirrors and just keep the car parallel to the edge without driving off of it. A year into my newest car she backed in the driveway and while parking it parallel to the side of the house she scraped the side! Good woman, a great mom, but moving in a vehicle in the driveway - a fail.
So, pavers along the driveway edge? That can get expensive. Other ideas?

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I know of a factory loading dock in a nearby industrial park that has had the cinder block wall backed into so many times by tractor-trailers attempting to back up to the loading dock,they had to come up with a better solution..

The area where the trucks pull in and have to turn as they back in,is very tight quarters..before they erected the cinder block wall,more than one truck had the trailer go over the edge and there is a 12 foot drop down to the next loading dock!..needless to say it led to some interesting extractions by tow trucks to get the trailer back where it belonged..
Adding the wall only led to it getting backed into,and knocked over several times..

The final "solution" was to erect metal pipes filled with concrete (bollards ?) that had a front wheel drive car wheel bearing & spindle hub assembly imbedded in the cement.at the same height as the tractor trailer body was--all along the edge where the wall is,and they put space saver spare tires on the hubs..
Now,if a trailer backs in and isn't quite lined up,it hits the tires and "rolls" it into position,provided the trucker isn't completely devoid of driving skills...a few have still been bent over,and had to be replaced..

I know one guy in my hometown that solved this very issue with his wife and others who always seemed to go off course and onto the lawn---he had a backhoe dig two tire track ruts in his gravel driveway that were the same width as his wife's car tires,that made it much more difficult to go off course!...you could drive in or back out with "no hands" and still go straight as an arrow..unfortunately he said it made snow removal difficult,and the ruts filled in with ice & snow and were useless,and winter was when he had the cars go off course most often..


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Re: They can't stay on the driveway

As mentioned, pavers would work, but a lot of work to do it right. Dig out, compact sand place pavers. Problem with them is, grass growing between them and work to put them in along with the expense. Easiest way, in my opinion, is to fill between lawn and drive w/dirt and throw down some seed. So what if she drives over it, especially if you plan to redo it in the not so immediate future. Of course you could just let it be. Just my 2.
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post #12 of 23 Old 05-19-2017, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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Re: They can't stay on the driveway

As an alternative, maybe I should just have her read this thread and maybe seeing it in black and white will get her to put more effort into driving on the "driveway." Then, I could just fill and seed it like Newsman suggested.

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I don't think the paver idea is going to help either. I think it just widens the area of damage. Life is too short to worry about things like this. I'd just live with it


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You could dig out a 1 foot area on both sides of the driveway. Lay down a weed barrier and top it off with mulch, which is much easier to replace and will not get damaged much by tires. Just don't plant flowers there.

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You could dig out a 1 foot area on both sides of the driveway. Lay down a weed barrier and top it off with mulch, which is much easier to replace and will not get damaged much by tires. Just don't plant flowers there.
And how to keep the mulch in place seeing it's a slope? Matching mulch from around the shrub and flower plantings would be nice.

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