Tip #1: Prevent Water Damage
The best thing to do is to prevent water intrusion through or under the pavement as much as possible. Water is susceptible to freezing and thawing, which prematurely damages the pavement. Try to get good drainage away from the driveway as well. Your paving contractor can help with this as they are going through the paving process.
Tip #2: Sealcoat and Fill Cracks
If there are cracks in the pavement, seal them as adamantly and frequently as needed. Sealcoating periodically will help keep the elements from oxidizing the surface. However, do not overseal, as that will shorten the life of the pavement. Wolf Paving recommends sealcoating every few years. Sealcoat only when the previous sealcoat is worn off by traffic to a point where significant portions of the bare pavement below the sealcoat are showing.
Tip #3: Consider Replacing the Asphalt
If you have followed the above two steps and your pavement still looks worn out, it may be time to think about replacing the asphalt. It may be time to replace the asphalt if it stops functioning mechanically, meaning it does not drain properly, is bumpy, or there is too much settling.