Car window tinting and related regulations


Car window tinting can maintain a cool temperature inside and give your car a cool look as well. Sometimes it may be a medical need to get the window tinted. In any case, you need to be aware of the rules and regulations regarding window tinting and the exceptions. However, home window tinting is also becoming very popular recently for serving varieties of purposes. In this article, we will be focusing on car window tinting only.

The basics of car window tinting:

Window tinting denotes the shading that is used on the windshield, side windows or rear windows of a car to block a certain amount of light from entering the car. Tinting is usually a part of the manufacturing process, however; it can be done after the manufacture of the car or even after being sold. During these modifications or customizations, sometimes the laws are not abode by strictly and so can get violated.

Advantages of window tinting:

  • It safeguards the inside of the car by keeping out harmful UV rays.
  • In maintains a cool environment inside the car.
  • It can hold the fractions of a broken glass and thus can work as an added safety in case of an accident.
  • These can work as added security in case of break-ins because these glasses are more resistible and so hard to break.
  • It can be a means of maintaining privacy for the passengers.
  • Sometimes it just looks great and makes the car look gorgeous.

Laws regarding car window tinting:

This is most of the time governed by state law and state’s vehicle or traffic code applies the statutes. The code may contemplate that window tinting includes:

  • A tinted sheet of heat shrinking film that is usually added to the inside of the glass.
  • Shade blades which are used at the windshield and are usually a horizontal thin strip of tint applied in such a manner that it touches the roof.
  • Sunscreen devices that are bound to the inside of the glass for a time being.

You must check with the transmittance and reflectance allowed by the code of the state’s law. Light transmittance refers to the amount of light that can get through and luminous reflectance denotes how much the glass is visible. You should follow the percentage that goes with your state law. There are states where vehicle code does not allow any vehicle to use any opaque in the windows.

The photometer is a device that can measure the light transmittance and luminous reflectance of the vehicle and so using these, the tinted glasses can be checked.

Exceptions in case of medical needs:

Many states provide special permission for people who have a valid medical reason. Usually, people suffering from lupus, sunlight allergy, photosensitivity, and melanoma are considered to fall under exceptions. However, they must have documentation that contains s

  • Proof of medical necessity.
  • Amount of light exposure allowed.
  • Prescription with duration of the permission and so on according to the law.

So if you are willing to get your car windows tinted, be aware of your state vehicle laws to be on the safe side.

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