The most important part of creating a driveway is mixing the concrete properly. You know you want your driveway concrete to be 6-inches or deeper. You've set up the framing to hold the concrete. You are ready to go, but don't know the best way to mix the concrete of if there is a certain mixture that works best.
Choose an air-entrained, high-performance concrete mix. A basic concrete mix will be less expensive. However, you have to remember the type of use a driveway gets, such as the weight of vehicles, climate freeze and thaws as well as hot spells. You need a durable concrete mix to deal with these conditions. The air-entrained concrete means that the mixture contains microscopic-sized air pockets. This keeps your driveway from cracking, as wetness that permeates the concrete will expand into those tiny air holes.
Use a ratio that is high cement and low water. This means you want the water to be less than 50-percent of the amount of cement in the concrete mixture. This will make your driveway more durable and stronger. Gravel, sand, or both, may be added to the concrete mix if desired. The addition of these materials make the concrete easier to pour and work with.
Mix your own driveway concrete. Purchase all the concrete and other materials needed ahead of time. Pre-measure all ingredients. Pour small amounts of water into the concrete mixture. Keep mixing and adding water until all the water is used and the concrete mixture has an even color and consistency.
Order a mixing truck, from a ready-mix plant, with the specific concrete mixture for your driveway. It may be impractical to mix the concrete by hand for a project as large as a driveway. A driveway takes a great deal of concrete. You want it to be poured, and of equal consistency, all at once. Decide how much concrete you need before ordering the concrete truck. Figure the amount in square feet. One yard of concrete will cover a 54 square foot driveway (6-inches deep) or a 40 square foot driveway (8-inches deep).