Particularly for the first year of its life, do not place sharp or pointed objects on the driveway as indentations will result. During the hot summer months, this holds especially true as the asphalt will absorb the heat and become soft again.
Examples of things to avoid are kickstands, ladders, and patio furniture.
When curing, or when softened by the sun, using a garden hose or sprinkler will help it to harden. Watering your driveway will absorb heat from the sun and help with the curing process.
Due to the nature of asphalt, the edges are weak and can crack or crumble over time. If possible, build up the sides of the driveway with topsoil or grass for support.
If vehicle fluids have contaminated the surface of your driveway, power washing may need to be done. If this alone does not work, a biodegradable degreaser like Simple Green® or ZEP® may be used with a wire brush to gently remove any fluid that has soaked in.
If cracks develop any larger than ¼”, it is important to fill them with a crack-fill product to prevent any water seepage. Once water is allowed to travel through the pavement into the gravel base, you run the risk of undermining the soundness of the asphalt and could create a reflective crack which could get larger with time. Remember – your driveway is only as strong as the base it is installed upon.