A driveway is an object in The Sims 2: Nightlife and The Sims 3. A downloadable version which does not require Nightlife is available for The Sims 2 players who do not have that expansion. but who have a later expansion or stuff pack.

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 that a car can be placed on, and which inculudes all tiles that a Sim needs to enter the car, a 5x2 section that connects it to the street, as well as a 12x3 section which is placed over the street. The street sections can overlap, allowing driveways to be placed side by side. If the lot is at a corner, a driveway must be placed on the street the mailbox is facing. 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.

In The Sims 3 the driveway is 3x7[1] and can be placed anywhere in the lot.

Notes Edit

  • 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.


  1. Image in the garages tutorial at Carl's Sims 3 Guide