Many homes, particularly homes in rural or country areas, have gravel driveways. These driveways require some maintenance to keep them drivable especially during the winter months or heavy rainy weather. So, follow some of the suggestions listed to help in distributing the driveway gravel to help keep your driveway in the best possible condition.
Prepare the driveway that is to have gravel distributed over it before your start. Take a close look at your driveway. If it has deep ruts that tires have left, you will need to fill in these ruts with some packing dirt. These ruts can also be caused by snow and rain washing out those areas. Smooth out the area and make sure that the driveway has a "crown" to it, meaning that it is smooth, but slightly higher in the center with a very gentle slop towards the outsides of the driveway.
Use a dump truck or gravel truck; these are usually rented, to drive down the driveway to distribute the gravel evenly as it drives. Use rake type spreaders to even up any areas that received too much or too little gravel, being careful to keep the crown shape to the driveway.
Buy the amount of gravel you will need based upon whether you are spreading gravel on the driveway for the first time or adding additional gravel to a previously graveled driveway. For a first-time gravel spreading, you need considerably more gravel, as you should cover the prepared driveway with at least 3 to 4 inches of gravel. If you are doing general maintenance, fixing ruts and spreading more gravel, just make sure that you have at least 1-1/2 inches to 2 inches of gravel to add.
Spread the gravel on the driveway by using a dump truck or gravel truck for large loads. Use a motor spreader or "bobcat" type road spreader for medium sized jobs and even use basic shovels and rakes for small areas to spread.