Dark windows are usually part of a car’s exterior appearance, but they serve a valuable function as well. Window tinting helps prevent car accidents, protects your car’s interior, reduces your gasoline usage and protects even your skin.
- How Does It Work?
Window tinting actually blocks UV rays—both A and B; ultraviolet light comes in two wavelengths—and helps reflect thermal rays to reduce the amount of heat the sun is able to transfer into your vehicle.
- What Does That Mean?
By blocking the thermal rays and reducing heat transference, the interior of your car stays cooler. With the right tinting, a vehicle can stay up to 60% cooler in the summer. It filters sunlight, providing you with visible light while blocking the rays that will drive the temperature up.
- How Does This Protect My Car?
With the reduction in a car’s internal heat, your upholstery isn’t subjected to the same
temperatures as a non-tinted car. This means no heat damage to your upholstery or the plastic trim on the interior. Blocked UV rays can’t work on your upholstery to fade the fabric, leading to your car keeping its sharp interior look for longer.
- How Does This Protect Me?
Window tinting reduces glare, allowing a driver to see the road clearly. With a wide range of available vision, drivers can see and react to potential danger much more quickly. As UV rays are known to cause skin cancer and driving a car for extended periods of time exposes you to sunlight, a tinted window is more likely to protect you from those UV rays.
With lower temperatures in your car, you use less gasoline by not running the air conditioner at full force, giving the added benefit of reducing your consumption. Window tinting is regulated by individual states—New Mexico requires that window tinting for side and rear windows allow 20% of light to penetrate—and your authorized auto glass dealer will be able to provide you with certification when you have your windows tinted.