By Kyle Kotecki
The mere mention of tinted windows may call to mind images of those sound-systems-on-wheels parked by teenagers at beaches across America. Though many view them as little more than a fashion statement, tinted windows can actually make your car safer in multiple ways. Read on to find out how.
Aftermarket tinting is accomplished by applying a thin film to the inside of a vehicle’s windows. In the event of an accident, the film helps hold the glass together, preventing shattering. Car accidents are bad enough without shards of glass flying every which way.
Tinted windows block harmful UV rays, which not only prevents the fading and cracking of a vehicle’s interior but also protects the driver’s skin. Some forms of skin cancer are more often found on the left side of the body, and researchers think exposure to UV rays while driving is to blame. Window tinting can protect your interior, but more importantly, your skin, from sun damage.
Few things are as irritating as driving toward the blinding sun, leaning, squinting and adjusting the sun visor as you make your way down the road. This is not only annoying but also dangerous. It goes without saying that reduced visibility hinders one’s ability to commute safely. Window tinting reduces distracting glare and allows you to keep your hands off the sun visor and on the wheel, where they belong.
Obstructing Prying Eyes
A would-be thief may lack the motivation to break into your car if he is unable to peer through your window and see any valuables you may have in your car. Why risk arrest when, for all he knows, there could be little more than an eight-track player and some crumpled up fast food wrappers in there? While I still wouldn’t recommend leaving your bulging wallet atop a mountain of valuable Beatles memorabilia, tinted windows have the potential to serve as a theft deterrent.
Tinted windows offer more than just style. They make driving not only more comfortable, but safer, too. One can view window tinting as an investment that helps keep both you and your car on the road for many years to come.