How long should I wait before driving on a new asphalt driveway?

We’re about to have our driveway redone, and I’m wondering how long it takes before I can actually use it. I’ve read it could take 48 hours; other sources say several months! How long does it take for asphalt to dry before you can drive on it?

Michelle Ballestrasse · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
There are few things in life more aggravating than not getting a clear answer! Here’s what you need to know.
You should wait at least 48 hours before driving on a new asphalt driveway. More importantly, you should avoid parking on it for at least 14 days.
The reason is because of how long it takes asphalt to harden as opposed to how long it takes to cure. Fresh asphalt takes at least a couple of days to dry and harden up enough on the surface to be safe to drive and walk on.
But parking would mean putting around two tons or more of weight on something that isn’t fully dry below the surface, which can lead to scarring, under-surface damage, and depressions. So for best results, you should wait at least two weeks before
parking on your new driveway
Note that in hot summer months where it takes longer for the asphalt to set, you may have to wait up to a month. And even then, it will take your driveway six to 12 months to fully cure. But if you drive a fairly light car, it shouldn’t be an issue.
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