One essential feature that you can find or add-on to vehicles today is window tinting. It’s something we often take for granted because it can dramatically reduce the amount of light that comes through the windshield or other windows.
The amount of light that travels from the inside isn’t affected even though what passes through from the outside receives a reduction.
Window tinting has several benefits that go beyond glare reduction. It can protect your eyes from the sun, block the damaging ultraviolet rays that impact your interior, and reduce the ambient temperature level on a hot day.
What Are the Laws on Window Tinting?
Tinting laws in Arizona began in 1994, creating restrictions on the amount of darkness that is allowable on your car’s windows. The percentage of visible light that comes through is called “Visible Light Transmission.”
The rear and backside windows on a vehicle in the state can use any darkness level. The front side windows must allow more than 33% light.
You must have dual-side mirrors equipped to your car for back tinted windows.
All options must not be more than 35% reflective. Your mechanic or tinting specialist can help you to pick a product that’s suitable for your specific needs.
Arizona allows some medical exemptions for special tint, although you’ll need to have a doctor’s approval before installation is permitted.
Window tinting laws vary throughout the rest of the country. What may be legal in Arizona could get you pulled over in other states. That’s why a complete review of the legislation could be necessary if you’re planning a long road trip soon.
New York, California, and Iowa allow 70% tinting on the front side window, but New Jersey and New Hampshire don’t allow any at all.
Do I Need to Add Window Tinting to My Car?
Several reasons are worth considering if you want to add tinting to your windows. It can help to keep the glass from shattering during an accident, which means a reduction in the likelihood of having sharp pieces that can cut into you during an incident.
You can also reduce the heat levels in the vehicle by up to 70% on a sunny day. Since it also blocks up to 99% of the harmful UV rays, tinting can dramatically increase the safety of all passengers in the cabin.
You have two options from which to choose when considering aftermarket tinting. You can choose OEM tinted glass or have a film tint applied by a qualified party.
When you choose the latter option, the glass gets treated so that it can accept a polymer film. It can be prone to bubbles, which is why a trained professional should do the work for you.
Then plan on changing your aftermarket tint (if it isn’t OEM) after five years to prevent peeling and cracking.