The Benefits of car window tinting
Vehicle window tinting can reduce heat build-up by up to 65% and help to cool interior of the vehicle more rapidly. This saves you using your air-con so much which saves your fuel consumption and reduces your carbon footprint – not to mention saves you money!
Window tinting and sun strips reduce annoying and potentially dangerous glare from the sun, reflections and headlights. This alleviates eye strain, driver tiredness and migraine on long journeys and is particularly useful with the low winter sun.
All shades of tint including optically clear film block 99% of harmful UV light. This includes both UVA & UVB light that glass alone cannot block. This protects yourself and children from the damaging effects of the sun that can lead to skin cancer.
Vehicle window tinting is the perfect way to hide valuables from the prying eyes of opportunist thieves. Rear windows of estate cars & vans can be blacked-out making it virtually impossible to see in but still easy to see out. Thieves cannot quickly smash a hole in your window to grab items as the tint holds the glass together.Window tinting provides you with improved privacy depending on your selected shade of tint.
In the event of a broken window, tinting film protects the occupants of the vehicle from flying glass by holding shattered glass in place. The windows can be safely pushed out if access is needed so you won’t be trapped.
Vehicle window tinting helps in reducing heat and glare and that makes long journeys and driving holidays an altogether more relaxing and enjoyable experience. Children & pets will be more comfortable and more able to tolerate the journey. And if image is important to you – as well as providing excellent clarity and durability – auto tints can make your car look sharper. As 30% of your vehicle is glass – applying light or dark tints can add a touch of distinction!
The Rules On Window Tinting and Sunstrips
When choosing which level of tints you want fitted to your vehicle, you will need to consider staying within the legal lighting limits, but this only applies to the front windscreen and the front side windows to either side of the drivers’ head.
Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986 as amended specify the minimum levels of light that must pass through the windscreen and front side windows.
The limits are:
Any motor vehicle first used on or after 1 April 1985, light transmitted through the windscreen must be at least 75%.
The front side windows must allow at least 70% of light to be transmitted through them.
If the glass is tinted to a point where it lets through minimum light, then the vehicle does not meet legal requirements. It restricts the driver’s vision especially in dark conditions and also prevents drivers from seeing other road users or pedestrians.
As mention above light transmitted through windscreens must be at least 75% so you can apply a sunstrip that exceeds 75% but it will have to be within the legal requirements as below.
The Sunstrip must not enter the ‘wipe’ zone
Sunstrips up to 9″ can pass a MOT
Anything that enters the ‘wipe zone’ must be transparent
If your windscreen or front side windows are tinted too much you could get:
a ‘prohibition notice’ stopping you using your vehicle on the road until you have the tinted film removed
a penalty notice or court summons