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Should I tint my car windows?

Have you been considering tinting your car windows? We've put together some handy info to help make your decision easier.

Whilst many people tint their car windows to improve their vehicles aesthetic, there are a number of other reasons to consider. Here's a breakdown of the key benefits:

Reducing glare

You know those days when the sun's rays turn your windshield into a blinding spotlight? Tinted windows can be your superhero sidekick against that annoying glare. Whether it's the sun or the dazzling headlights of other cars, tinted windows help tone down the intensity, making for a safer and more comfortable journey.

Security and safety

Tinted windows offer a welcome touch of privacy. Not only do they shield you from prying eyes while driving, they also add an extra layer of security. The tinted film can hold shattered glass together, making it trickier for any would-be troublemakers to break in. So whether you're on the road or parked, you can enjoy an added peace of mind.

UV protection

We're all familiar with the sun's troublesome UV rays, even when driving. Tinted windows step in as your trusty shield against those harmful rays, offering extra protection for your skin and eyes, as well as your car's interior. Say goodbye to fading, discolouration, and UV-induced cracks. Your vehicle will look like it just rolled off the showroom floor, enhancing its resale value.

The legal stuff

There are regulatory requirements for how much tint can be applied to your windows in Tasmania. Luminous transmittance (LT) is the amount of light that can pass through a window and is how window tint is measured to ensure it's safe. Windscreens must have an LT of at least 70% whilst front-side windows may have an LT of at least 35%. If your vehicle has at least one external rear vision mirror fitted to each side of the vehicle that's operational, your rear tint can have an LT of 20%.

If you have questions about the regulations, you can reach out to Service Tasmania or discuss with a professional window tinting service such as Instant Windscreens.

When choosing a tint it's important to consider the legal requirements, your own comfort, and the look you want for your vehicle. While opting for the darkest legal tint might seem appealing for increased privacy and heat protection, it can compromise visibility, especially at night. Even the lightest of tints can block up to 99% of UV rays, ensuring continued protection.