Motors Enthusiasts : Window Tinting and the Law

There are many reasons why drivers choose to tint their car windows. But whatever reason you have, make sure to first check your local laws. Not all municipalities or states allow vehicles with tinted windows.

Some drivers tint their windows for personal expression, as tinting allows drivers, usually younger ones, to give their mass-produced cars a more customized feel.

Others choose window tinting for health and safety reasons. Many drivers may have to block excessive sunlight for UVA protection. Other drivers simply want to keep the insides of their cars cooler.

Finally, other drivers choose tinted windows because too much sunlight can damage a car’s interior. Tinted windows may slow this damage.

For drivers, choosing tinted windows is easier than ever. Many new cars today can be purchased with tinting films already in place. Film is also available after purchase to customize a car to the driver’s preferred look. For example, it is common to see pickup trucks with a variety of tinted images in the rear window: flags and hunting scenes are both popular motifs.

Before drivers decide to customize their vehicle, though, they need to be aware of the legality of window tinting in their area. Not all states allow window tinting. Drivers may have to pay a fine if they customize their windows and tint them darker than their state allows.

It may seem unreasonable, but there are actually many reasons why some local governments ban the use of tinted vehicle windows. First, police officers need to be able to see clearly into a vehicle during a traffic stop. Tinted windows may make this impossible or difficult.

Law enforcement officials are usually given specific training in how to deal with trucks, vans or other vehicles with tinted windows. That’s why many police departments recommend that drivers, if stopped by the police, roll down their tinted windows immediately so officers can see into their vehicles.

Some states ban tinted windows because their officials believe them to be a potentially dangerous distraction on the road. The theory is that drivers may temporarily lose their focus on the road if they are suddenly distracted by the fact that they cannot see the face of a driver in a car with tinted windows.

Window tint is a matter of personal preference, and there is no consensus on what level or type of tint is best. But there is consensus that drivers must study the legality of window tinting in their particular states before making any tinting decisions.

Such a search isn’t difficult. In fact, drivers need usually make just a quick Google Internet search to learn all they need to know about their state’s policy on window tinting. If that option doesn’t work, drivers can simply check in with their local police department for more information.

Source by Barry McColman

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