Does driving on gravel hurt your car?

I just bought a house out in the country and I love it so far! My only real issue is the driveway. A gravel path leads from the main road about a half-mile to the house, but it flings pebbles and rocks when I drive on it. This may not be a big deal, but I’m not certain. Will driving on gravel hurt your car?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Congratulations on the new house! With a gravel road, your concerns about your car are valid. Driving on gravel can hurt your car because pebbles and rocks get flung into your car at relatively high rates of speed.
When the gravel gets hurled into the air, it can cause damage in a number of ways:
  • Cracking your windows or windshield.
  • Cracking your headlights or taillights.
  • Chipping the paint.
  • Damaging the undercarriage.
Unless you want to spend tens of thousands of dollars to pave the driveway, the best plan of attack is to just go slowly. Going about 5 to 10 mph may take a bit longer, but it will keep your car unscathed.
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