One of the keys to ensuring that an asphalt driveway lasts longer is to ensure proper installation from the outset. However;  many, homeowners move into an existing home and they inherit their driveway good or bad.  It is important to seal the existing driveway every two to three years and it is also very important to fill the cracks with a rubberized crack filler as well. If you are installing a brand new driveway it is important to choose a licensed contractor and have a written plan and estimate from that contractor.  When planning a new driveway drainage is a key issue to the success of the driveway.  Also, remember to clear all vegetation as trees that are located too close to the side of the driveway can propagate underneath the driveway and cause it to lift and crack.