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A driveway is an object in The Sims 2: Nightlife, The Sims 2: FreeTime, and The Sims 3 that allows Sims to park their cars.

The Sims 2[edit | edit source]

Driveways are available from build mode unlocked if either Nightlife or FreeTime is installed. Players who not have either of those expansions can still download and use custom driveways as long as they have at least one expansion pack after Nightlife.

In The Sims 2, a car must be placed on a driveway or driveway extension. The driveway must be connected to the street, and is very large. There is a 5x8 section where cars can be placed on, a 5x2 section that connects the driveway to the street, and a 12x3 section that overlaps the street. The street sections can overlap with each other, allowing multiple driveways to be placed side by side. If the lot is on a corner, a driveway must be placed on the side of the street where the mailbox is. Normally, a driveway cannot be placed unless there is room for the entire street section; however, later expansions allow the player to override this by using the moveobjects on cheat. Players should note that, if a lot is reset after adding a new expansion pack (or after adding some mods), driveways placed in this manner may cease to be recognized as being present, and cars placed on them may disappear. If this happens, the player will be able to re-buy the driveway after saving the lot, exiting it, and then re-entering it. Driveway extensions and cars on them will not be affected by this.

Driveways can be placed on community lots, although they will not be used by Sims. There is a mod on Mod The Sims that allows Sims to park in driveways on community lots.

Driveways[edit | edit source]



Common wisdom dictates a simple saying: "You can't have a car without a driveway." But few know the driveway's origin: invented by grapefruit farmer Thomas Driveway, who originally used large sections of busy highways to lay out his fruit for ripening. Many squashed pieces of citrus and a few hip injuries later, he developed the technique of simply paving part of his yard. Years later, when people realized there was absolutely no benefit to placing fruit on pavement, they just used them as a location to park their cars. Driveways must connect to the street.
Game The Sims 2: Nightlife and The Sims 2: FreeTime
Buyability Build mode
Price in game §150 (Concrete)
§200 (Brick)
Size 13/6x13

Extensions[edit | edit source]

Driveway Extension Piece


What's the one thing better than a driveway? A really LONG driveway. These driveway extenders come in easy-to-place slabs that allow you to have a driveway as long as your imagination (or lot) permits.

Driveway Extension piece must be placed next to a valid Driveway.

Game The Sims 2: Nightlife and The Sims 2: FreeTime
Buyability Build mode
Price in game §300 (Concrete)
§350 (Brick)
Size 6x8

The Sims 3[edit | edit source]

In The Sims 3 the driveway is 3x7[1] and can be placed anywhere in the lot; cars will always teleport onto the road rather than playing an animation. Unlike The Sims 2, driveways function as usable parking space on community lots, and non-playable Sims can park their cars there.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The restorable junk car from The Sims 2: FreeTime must be placed on a driveway, so it can be presumed that FreeTime includes driveways. This preview of The Sims 2: Apartment Life states that Apartment Life appears to include driveways.
  • The downloadable driveway for The Sims 2 requires an expansion or stuff pack later than Nightlife so that the Build mode category for driveways will be available.
  • "Numenor" at ModTheSims made a set of packages based on the downloadable driveway, which were modified to allow players to use all custom-content cars that did not have the "requires Nightlife" flag set.

References[edit | edit source]