How to care for your private driveway
What causes potholes and why they’re so dangerous
March 16, 2019

How to care for your private driveway

Private driveways are far more than just roads. They’re often the first impression people get of businesses, stately homes and large abodes.

The journey people take down those driveways should therefore be serene, bump-free and without any hint that their vehicles could be damaged by rogue potholes and cracks.

Unfortunately, far too many private drives are badly cared for and, as a result, end up looking unloved and rather untidy. Worse, they can be incredibly dangerous if potholes are left unfixed, resulting in damaged cars and even accidents.

So, how do you care properly for your private driveway? Here’s our five favourite tips:

1. Proactively prevent cracks

That tongue twister really does have some merit if you own or operate a private driveway.

Cracks typically appear in tarmac when water penetrates either via heavy, consistent rain or after a bout of ice and snow. Roots from nearby trees can also cause cracks by pushing up at the road from beneath.

There’s a couple of things you can do to prevent cracks appearing. Concrete should ideally be sealed annually, and the asphalt every few years. And as for those roots – it’s best to dig up any trees or shrubs that are too close.

2. Get rid of cracks and potholes – pronto

If you spot cracks and potholes in your private driveway, it’s best to act fast in order to get rid of them and prevent them from becoming a serious problem for users of the road.

To do this, call on a professional; it’s not something that you can do yourself without the right tools and experience. Trust us – it’ll be an investment worth making!

3. Try and avoid using salt

Sometimes, you’ll have no choice but to salt your private driveway when it’s particularly icy and you don’t have a huge amount of time to spare, but salting cement isn’t really advisable.

Salt and de-icers for roads can penetrate the surface and cause cracks. This is why it’s always best – whenever possible – to use a shovel or snowblower to remove snow. If the surface is really icy, try using coffee grounds instead (unless the area is particularly large, of course!).

4. Plough and shovel carefully

Thankfully, we don’t suffer from snow too often in the UK, but when it does arrive, panic often ensues. This sometimes results in people ploughing and shovelling snow off their private driveways without due consideration about the potential damage they could be causing.

If it’s bad enough to require a plough, make sure the blades don’t scrape the driveway surface. Similarly, if you’re using shovels, it’s best to use the plastic variety in order to avoid damaging the road. Take your time, don’t rush and don’t sweat it if there’s a bit of a dusting left – it’ll soon clear as vehicles begin to use the road.

5. Clean the driveway – regularly

It might be last on your list of things to clean, but your driveway needs to be cleaned semi regularly if it’s to remain in tip-top condition for the rest of its life.

The best news? You don’t need anything special in terms of cleaning equipment or fluids. A bucket of soapy water and a pressure washer should be all you need for anything but the most filthy of roads.

Wrapping up

With our tips above you’ll have no cause to worry about your private driveway. It’ll take a bit of effort, sure, but you’ll reap the rewards and save a huge amount of money in future repair bills.

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