Many people choose to tint the windows of their car – and with good reason. It can help block some of the heat during the summer, keep heating or cooling costs inside, reduce glare, and overall make for a better, more comfortable driving experience.
But when your car’s window tint is too dark, it could actually be illegal in some states. Each state has their own laws and regulations regarding window tint, but generally window tint must adhere to standards which make it safe for both you and the other cars on the road with you.
Wondering whether your car’s window tint is too dark? One place to check is your state or county’s DMV website. To get you started, however, here are four signs your car’s window tint is too dark.
1: Hard to See
Window tint can keep a lot of the sun out of your car, but it can also make it difficult to see out of… especially at night. If you have issues seeing through any of your car’s windows, then you might have window tint which is too dark.
2: Can’t See into The Front Windshield
Many states will allow the back and side windows to be darker than the front windshield, for privacy and comfort reasons. Sometimes these are allowed to be dark enough that a passersby cannot (or have difficulty) looking into the windows.
This is certainly not the case for your front windshield, however. If you cannot see into the front of your vehicle from the outside and at least make out shapes within the vehicle, chances are high that your car’s window tint is too dark.
3: Sun’s Reflection is Blinding from Outside
Many people don’t realize that window tint stops the sunlight from entering the vehicle by reflecting it away from the vehicle. This can, however, cause issues for other people on the road if the window tint is too reflective.
Not only can it cause an annoying glare, but it can be downright blinding to other drivers. If you feel like the sun’s reflection off your window tint on a sunny day is blinding, then your window tint probably isn’t legal.
4: You Often Get Stopped by Cops
This one is a big red warning sign. Police officers in your area are trained in how dark window tint can be, for both your safety and that of everyone around you. If you are often getting stopped by cops because of your window tint, yours is definitely too dark.
What if Window Tint IS Too Dark?
If these signs apply to you and your window tint is too dark, then the only thing you can really do is replace it. When replacing your car’s window tint, choose a professional installation company that can help you ensure the new tint is well within legal standards while still allowing you a maximum amount of comfort. Tinting companies should be well versed in legal standards and regulations, to make sure you don’t accidentally choose another tint that is too dark.