The strength of some of these weeds is phenomenal. Instances of their penetrating even concrete are common. Their appearance in no way should be considered a reflection upon the thickness of the material. Application of weed-killer or simple table salt and water should eliminate this problem.
DON'T - Allow weeds or other vegetation to crowd the edges of the driveway. You will find burrowing through the stone base and up through the asphalt topping. They will evidence themselves prior to blooming as bumps or minor eruptions in the driveway. It is impossible to eliminate each and every weed seed. Often these air-borne particles are brought in with the stone base or dust binder when it is laid in place. The heat from the blacktop then hastens the germination process.
DON'T - Feel that the driveway should be completely puddle-free. In areas completed by hand or where close drainage tolerances are encountered, this may sometimes occur.
DON'T - Allow overweight vehicles on the driveway. Your driveway is constructed for automobile traffic only. Heavy trucks (garbage, cement, delivery, fuel, etc.) will break up the pavement, since the base is insufficient to take the weight.
REASON - To place a ton and a half or two tons in the same spot day in and day out over a long period of time can only produce adverse results. CURE - Move the car around slightly. Don't give all or most of the wear to one small area. Distribute the usage over the entire driveway.
DON'T - Park the car or camper in the same spot all the time. This is particularly true in the case of a dig out where the base is fresh. No matter how thick the material, deep the base, or heavy the compaction, depressions or "wheel dishes" may result, if care is not exercised.
"But my old blacktop never did this!" Quite possible... Older mixes are coarser and dry and therefore more stable. New hot mixes are softer and need time for the oils to cure and dry.
DON'T - Place sharp or pointed objects on your driveway without distributing the weight on a piece of wood. Indentations will result. This will certainly be true for the first year of its life and perhaps longer (such as on a hot summer day).
7) DON'T - Drive near or off the edges of your driveway. You may fracture the asphalt and crack the whole edge. All edges should be built up with soil and sod. REASON - Asphalt contains no structural strength of its own; it is merely a wearing surface. The strength lies in the stone or gravel base. Therefore, if great weight is placed unevenly on the unsupported edge, it will crack.

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Recycled asphalt (processed gravel)


Asphalt Care and Maintenance 

Interesting fact : Most people are unaware that 99% of  old asphalt is recycled and used over and over again,building Americas highways and roads and being used as sub-base. 

DON'T - To avoid scarring, do not pull out too fast, pull in too quickly, or drive too fast on your asphalt driveway.
DON'T - Turn the car wheels sharply on the pavement. Also, don't turn the wheels while standing still - MAKE SURE THE CAR IS IN MOTION. Otherwise, power steering gouges will result.Asphalt is pliable and will leave tire impressions and shifting of the grade.

How do I take care of my new asphalt pavement ?

There are a few things you should know about freshly paved driveways and parking lots:

                                                                                                                                     Asphalt  needs 48-72 hours to cure depending on the temperature and humidity. It is important to keep people,cars and bikes off the new pavement during that time.                                                                                                                                                                                 The asphalt will continue to cure for 6 to 12 months but you do not have to wait that long to use the new surface.                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                        DON'T  park a trailer or RV on the asphalt pavement without putting a piece of plywood beneath each wheel and trailer hitch to evenly distribute the weight.

                                                                                                               6) All sharp objects such as gas grills, ladders, tire jacks,high heel shoes ,lawn chairs, bicycles and motorcycle kick stands etc. can cause divots and penetrate the surface always use wood to distribute the weight.

Protect you new asphalt pavement .You have made a good investment in your new asphalt driveway and it needs to be protected and maintained!                                                                To extend the life of your asphalt pavement,it is recommended that you have us sealcoat the surface approximately 6 months to a year after the asphalt paving is completed. Sealcoating will prevent oxidation and will resist UV rays,gas and oil spills that cause premature aging and pavement failure.