How to Prevent Tire Scuff Marks on your Asphalt Driveway

It can be frustrating when you see tire scuff marks on your newly sealed asphalt pavement. Although it is inevitable, it’s important to know its causes and the ways you can take note of to easily get rid of them.

Understand the Asphalt Temperature

It should be noted that the higher the temperature is, the softer and more flexible your asphalt driveway is likely going to be. This can make it easier to leave power steering marks on your driveway, which can be a big cosmetic issue. If it’s particularly hot out, you can spray water on your driveway to cool it down and harden the asphalt. 

Concerns on Weight and Vehicle Types

Heavy vehicles like buses and trucks place significant pressure on asphalt pavement, especially if it’s been freshly placed. Keep in mind that combined traffic volume and constant usage can aggravate asphalt issues. This could also reduce traction between tires and the asphalt prompting scuffing. 

What Can Be Done About Scuffing

Normally, it is best to just ignore the scuff marks as they will be impossible to find before the pavement is a year old. Attempting to repair them will likely cause more damage to the pavement’s surface. However, if you’re worried about the possibility of these marks appearing still, here’s what you can do.

  1. Allow the pavement to cure as long as possible before you allow vehicles to access the area.
  2. Professionals note that flooding the pavement with water can sometimes lower its temperature and help prevent scuffing.
  3. Ideally, to help reduce scuffs left by heavier vehicles, apply sand around truck scales.

If you’re currently looking for paving contractors for residential and commercial check-ups and repairs, Bonness provides paving, site work and underground utility services. This includes estimates for your asphalt driveway cost and street creep fixes. Get in touch with us by calling at (239) 597-6221, or request a quote here.