5 Ways to Prevent Your New Asphalt Driveway from Getting Gouged

During the first two years after an asphalt pavement has been installed, the asphalt is going through a process wherein the material is becoming harder and more stable, known as curing. Pits and gouges are common problems that arise in new asphalt pavement because asphalt pavement is more fragile while it's curing. These tips will help you protect your asphalt pavement from these pits and gouges, ensuring that your pavement will look its best when the curing process is finished.

Park Your Car in a Different Location Every Day

Parking your vehicle in the same location every day can cause the tires to form dents in the asphalt over time. Park your vehicle in a slightly different place every time you park, to distribute the weight over a wide area and lessen the impact of the vehicle on the driveway.

Avoid Leaving Vehicles Parked on Your Driveway Long-term

Leaving a vehicle parked in your driveway for a long time without moving it—especially a very heavy vehicle like an RV—can result in the same dents in the driveway that would result if you parked your car in the same spot every day. Keep vehicles you rarely use parked on your street, your garage, or in a parking lot near your house.

Cool Off Your Driveway to Temporarily Harden It

During the curing time, high temperatures can cause the asphalt to become more pliable and bendable, and when the asphalt cools again, any gouges and pits that were formed in the pavement become permanent.

If you're concerned that the activity on your driveway may be potentially damaging to the pavement, water down the pavement with a hose to cool off the asphalt and temporarily harden the surface of the driveway.

Keep Bicycles and Beach Chairs Off the Pavement

Bicycles and beach chairs place all their weight on kick stands and legs, respectively. On a hot day, the pointed end of the kick stands and legs tend to sink into the asphalt, resulting in pits in the pavement. Avoid placing anything that stabilizes itself on thin legs on your driveway.

Avoid Driving Off the Edge of the Driveway

The edge of your driveway is the softest, most vulnerable part. Driving over the side of your driveway and onto your lawn could cause the edge of the driveway to crack. Keep your vehicle parked squarely in the center of the driveway and away from the edge.

For more tips and advice, speak with pavement contractors like Construction Asphalt Paving Services Inc. He or she will be able to tell you how to avoid damaging the asphalt.