Properly cared for it should give you many years of service. These aftercare guidelines have been drawn up to help you look after your drive and to help you overcome problems if they arise.
Your new drive is made from asphalt, a mixture of hard aggregate bound together with bitumen, a flexible, black, waterproof substance derived from crude oil. There are many different types of asphalt surfacing that are used on driveways, the more common being Stone Mastic Asphalt (SMA). Dense or Close-graded Bituminous Macadam, (DMA) and Hot Rolled Asphalt (HRA). Some of these are stronger and more durable than others, but the same basic principles apply to looking after all of them.