Asphalt driveways cannot remain smooth forever. The forces of nature break down the asphalt surface, especially here in the northeast, and other types of damage can occur as well. Unless your driveway is adequately maintained, potholes and cracks will appear. When the situation calls for it, you may find that your driveway is in need of patching. If you are not prepared to replace your entire driveway, asphalt patches can help extend the life of your driveway in the meantime.