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Tar and Chip is a good way to do, or re-do, a driveway. It's more attractive than asphalt, cheaper, and affords better traction.
It can also be applied on top of an asphalt driveway to improve the appearance. It's basically stone chips or small gravel, of whatever color you chose, rolled into hot tar. Over time, careless snow-plowing will wear away the gravel. Not quickly, though. It lasts for years.
Ugh. They do that to the streets out here in the Phoenix area. Might look fine on your driveways, but I'm willing to bet that your driveways never get hot enough to allow the rocks to do the cling 'n fling on your tires after they've been applied...
Interesting as was thinking about this the other day and how much research I would have ahead to find a contractor. Our township does a tar and chip on our roads every few years and they are still some of the best and cheapest in the area.
In an ever stranger turn of events, it appears the contractors place of business is some 5-10 miles north of where we live. With a 400ft driveway, I suspect he will be looking forward to my call. (However the wash out is concerning as that is my problem now with a paved driveway).
As a motorcyclist, I consider chip seal (What they call tar and chip here in California.) to be the devil's spawn of road maintenance techniques. There is nothing in the world like riding some pleasant back road and suddenly discovering that you're surfing waves of loose gravel while tar collects on everything from your center stand to the most aft portion of your rear fender.