When Can I Drive After Windshield Replacement?


The minimum time that is required before you can drive after a windshield replacement is 30 minutes. It takes about 30 minutes after your windshield has been replaced for the adhesive to cure. It may take a bit longer depending on extreme hot or extreme cold.

The term drive-away time is usually used to refer to how long after your windshield is replaced that your car must sit before you can drive your car safely. Most technicians do not recommend to vehicle owners to drive too soon after a windshield replacement because it not only poses a risk to you but to your passengers and other drivers on the road.

A safe drive-away times depend on:

  • The type of vehicle glass
  • The weather or humidity level
  • Type of adhesive used