How Long After I Get a New Windscreen Can I Drive?
You may have assumed that you can drive away the second your windscreen has been replaced, but unfortunately that’s not the case. It takes a little time, but it’s worth the wait. That bit of time you wait ensures the longevity and integrity of your new windscreen. There are a few factors that ensure your windscreen stays in place and does so for as long as possible. But exactly how long after you get a new windscreen can you drive again? Usually you only need to wait another hour after the new windscreen has been fixed in place. But the good news is that there are many instances in which you don’t even need to replace your windscreen.
Cracks and Chips in Your Windscreen
Depending on the cracks and chips in your windscreen, you may not need to replace your windscreen. While your local windscreen repair shop will assess your windscreen when you take your car in, here are a few tips on how to assess the damage on your windscreen ahead of your windscreen appointment. While the windscreen repair team will know if you need to replace your windscreen for sure, these tips may give you a general idea.
Where Is the Damage?
If the damage to your windscreen is close to, or on the edge of your windscreen or in your field of view, a replacement is likely in order.
How Big Is the Damage?
Typically, if the damage to your windscreen is larger than 7cm, you may need to replace your windscreen.
How Deep Is the Damage?
If the crack or chip in your windscreen is deeper than halfway into your windscreen, you will probably need to replace your windscreen.
How To Take Care of Your Windscreen
Nobody plans an accident, so chips and cracks are less likely to be avoided but there are other things you can do to keep your windscreen in good shape and prolong its lifespan.
Windscreen care tips:
- Clean your windscreen with nonabrasive cleaning materials
- Replace cracked and brittle windscreen wipers
- Keep your windscreen wiper fluid topped up
- Get your chips and cracks fixed as soon as possible to prevent them from spreading
How Long Does It Take to Replace My Windscreen?
If time is of concern to you, more than the time taken before you can drive your car away, you want to know how long it will take to replace your windscreen. Firstly, it depends on where you take your car, but once your windscreen has been assessed, you can expect to wait for between 30 and 90 minutes for a full windscreen replacement. If your car has sensors which need to be calibrated, it may just take a little longer. After the replacement, you will typically need to wait an hour after a new windscreen has been fitted before you can drive your car away.
Often you will be lucky enough to only need a windscreen repair, which probably take between 30 and 60 minutes. Either way, the best way to know for sure is to get your windscreen assessed by a professional windscreen repair person. To get your windscreen assessed, get in touch with Instant Windscreens New Zealand today.