Automotive window tinting is beneficial in many ways. It provides you with a more sophisticated aesthetic appearance, gives you privacy, boosts security, and even blocks UV rays depending on the tint. How dark is too dark, and what can happen if you tint the windows too dark? Here are some things to consider.
Obscured Night Vision
One of the primary complaints that results from incredibly dark automotive window tinting is obscured night vision. In fact, many people liken it to driving at night while wearing dark sunglasses. It often makes it difficult to see road signs, pedestrians, and other small details that could prove vital to not only your safety, but also the safety of other drivers and people near the roadway. For this reason, you should be sure to consider your own ability to see things outside your windows as well as others’ ability to see into your vehicle.
Individual States Have Tinting Laws
Almost every one of the 50 states has a different law regarding window tint. Some states will allow you to tint your windows to any darkness you want; others may allow you to tint some windows but not others. What’s more, assume you live in a state where it is legal to tint your front passenger windows, and you do so. However, if you travel to another state where such tint is illegal, you may earn yourself a ticket and a hefty fine. Be sure to learn the laws in your state (and in surrounding states) before you make your final decision.
Other Drivers Cannot Make Eye Contact with You
Have you ever pulled up to a four-way stop at roughly the same time as someone else, then glanced over at them to signal them to go ahead? This happens all the time. In fact, many people consider it common courtesy. If your automotive window tinting is incredibly dark, other drivers cannot see you. This may cause confusion in such situations and accidents might happen despite the laws put in place to prevent them. To be safe, consider how important it is for other drivers to be able to see you in certain situations.
Loss of Aesthetic Appeal
Finally, although there is no denying that window tint can positively affect the way your vehicle looks, there is too much of a good thing. After all, solid black windows do not favor all types of automobiles, and in some cases, a lighter automotive window tinting is a better call. Consider the color of your paint, the make and model of your car, your wheels and other accessories, and even the shape of your windows before you decide on a tint color or opacity.
Automotive window tinting affords you some privacy, and it keeps burglars at bay by concealing the things you keep inside your car. However, in some cases, it may have a negative impact on safety and visual appeal, so it is important that you balance the positive with the negative – and always stay up to date with local laws.