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Tire Scuffing & Power Steering Marks - What?

Updated: May 30, 2023

There's nothing better than having a brand new or newly sealed asphalt driveway—that is, until you start to worry about the damage you're doing to it.

If you're starting to notice scuffs and marks in your brand new or newly sealed driveway, here's how you can prevent them and get rid of them.

Asphalt Temperature

One of the things you have to consider when it comes to the condition of your asphalt driveway is how temperature affects asphalt. The higher the temperature is, the softer and more flexible your asphalt driveway is going to be.

This can make it easier to leave power steering marks on your driveway, which can be a big cosmetic problem.

The good news about the temperature of asphalt as it relates to damage is the fact that there's a fairly simple solution.

If it's particularly hot out, you can simply spray a little bit of water on your driveway to cool it down and harden the asphalt.

If you notice soap suds appearing on your driveway when you spray it down with water, don't worry; this occurs as a natural reaction between the asphalt and the chlorine in the water.

Tire Marks on Newly Sealed and Paved Driveways and Parking Lots

When you get a brand new asphalt driveway or have yours sealed, it's natural to be a little more cautious about taking care of it. The good news is, scuff marks on new asphalt are actually a fairly normal occurrence. As a matter of fact, most brand new asphalt driveways will have scuffs on them after a short period.

One good part about scuff marks on new asphalt is the fact that there are steps you can take to prevent them. For starters, you should avoid turning the steering wheel when your vehicle is parked. When you turn your wheels in a stationary position, they create a lot of friction with the asphalt and tend to leave scuff marks.

Keeping Your Driveway and Parking Lot in Good Shape

Whether you've recently had a driveway installed or you've just had yours sealed, it's important to take steps to protect it and avoid scuff marks. This starts with making sure you're not grinding your tires on the asphalt, but you also need to make sure you're keeping your asphalt from getting too hot and having it repaired as necessary.

One of the most important parts of taking care of your driveway is having it sealed every once in a while. Sealcoating gives your driveway a fresh look and prevents damage that can occur as a result of UV rays and water. If you've got small cracks in your asphalt driveway, sealcoating your driveway can patch those up as well.

If you want to make sure your asphalt driveway looks great year after year, you need to be vigilant. As long as you're sealcoating your driveway, keeping it at the right temperature and driving carefully on it, you can keep your asphalt looking like new.

Prevent from happening to your newly paved driveway

Whether Richard Diehl Paving or any other company you hire to pave, just know that tire marks or tire scuffing is NOT from:

  • Bad Material

  • or Project was Done Incorrectly

There are only two solutions when it comes to tire marks and scuffing a newly paved driveway or parking pad/lot:

  1. Water before turning and driving on

  2. lightly spread sand on the driveway


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