What kind of Driveway your GMC Prefers

March 10th, 2022 by

If you’re currently looking for a new home in the Carmel, New York, area, there are a lot of things you need to consider. Before you sign any contracts, it’s essential to ensure that your driveway is large enough to fit the vehicles you drive. This is especially true if you drive a GMC vehicle, as some of these models tend to be a little larger than their competitors. Below, we’ll provide you with some helpful information you can use to make sure that the home you’re buying comes with a driveway that’s adequate for your GMC vehicle.

Common GMC Vehicle Lengths

To give you an idea of how large of a driveway you need for your GMC vehicles, it first helps to know the length and width of your vehicle. If you don’t feel like taking out a measuring tape to measure your vehicle, here are some dimensions for standard GMC vehicles.

Recommended Driveway Length

To start, you must have a driveway that can accommodate the longer GMC vehicles. You may also want a driveway that’s long enough to fit cars behind one another or for you to pull away from the street a little bit. Generally speaking, you should look for a driveway that’s between 18 and 20 feet long.

However, if you’re driving one of the larger GMC models, you may want to get something a little longer. This should provide you with enough space to fit practically any vehicle, even some of the larger pickup trucks and SUVs. You should also have enough space to walk around the vehicle if you need to.

Recommended Driveway Width

As for the width of the driveway, you’re going to want around 10 feet for every single vehicle. With 10 feet of space for your vehicle, you should have enough space to comfortably pull your car into the driveway without worrying about hitting anything on the sides. You’ll also give yourself enough room to get into the vehicle on both sides. As with the length, GMC vehicles can sometimes be a little bigger, so if you’re driving one of these models, you may want to find a slightly wider driveway.

Driveways for Multiple Cars

If you plan on multiple parking cars in your driveway, you’ll want to adjust the above estimates. To park two vehicles in your driveway, double one of the estimates above, depending on if you wish to park the vehicles side-by-side or behind one another. For example, you should look for a driveway that’s either 40 feet in length and 10 feet wide, or one that is 20 feet in length and 20 feet wide  This should be enough space to accommodate two vehicles of any size while still providing you with enough room to maneuver.

Turnaround Area

If you want to add a turnaround area to your driveway, you’ll need some additional space. A turnaround space is when you have enough room to turn your car around in your driveway so that you can drive forward out instead of reversing.

A general recommendation for a turnaround area is to have a driveway at least 10 feet by 20 feet for a single car and 20 feet by 20 feet for double cars. Since GMC vehicles are often a little bigger than other manufacturers, you may want to get a driveway that’s a little larger than this recommendation. You should also ensure there’s enough space in front of your garage so that you have enough room to turn around.

What To Do if Your Driveway Isn’t Big Enough?

Let’s say you’ve found the perfect house, but the driveway is just a little too small to accommodate your GMC vehicle needs. Before you decide to move onto another home, you have some options for addressing the situation. One option may be to expand the driveway. If you have space around the existing driveway, you may be able to extend it and give yourself the extra space you need.

Also, consider if you have space to park on the street or in a garage. Any other parking options besides the driveway would eliminate the need for you to park your vehicle, or multiple vehicles, in the driveway. Explore different possibilities before deciding that the home isn’t right for you because of your vehicle.

Finally, your final option is to get another vehicle. Consider getting something a little smaller than fits better into your driveway. GMC has plenty of options for you to consider, so you should be able to find something similar to what you have now, only a little bit smaller  For example, if you’re currently driving a GMC Acadia, you could switch to a GMC Terrain, which is almost ten inches shorter.

Find the Right Size GMC Vehicle for Your Driveway

When you’re buying a home, the size of the driveway may not be at the top of your list of concerns, But it’s still an important thing to consider, as you don’t want to find out after you move in that you don’t have room to navigate your vehicle safely.

If you decide to change your vehicle to suit your home’s driveway, Meadowland GMC is here to help. We have a wide range of GMC vehicles available and can help you find one that’s an appropriate size.

You can browse through our inventory of new vehicles or check out some of our used vehicles to get started. We also get vehicles in all the time, so if you don’t see something that interests you today, be sure to check back again soon. Once you see something you like or need help deciding, schedule an appointment to visit our dealership by contacting us here. Our sales staff would love the opportunity to show you some GMC vehicles and help you get the best one for your needs.