Automotive window tinting has become a favorite aftermarket service for many americans. People who at one time thought cars with tinted windows were only for younger people have realized the many benefits of tinted auto glass. Tinted vehicles have endured many stereotypes. They have been labeled everything from "drug dealer" cars to "undercover cop" cars.
The fact is, most automotive window tinting customers are average, everyday people like you. Some are teenagers getting their first car. They are mostly interested in the enhanced outer image it gives to a car or truck.
Others are mothers who want their vehicle tinted for UV ray protection (99%) for their children. Mothers also appreciate the shatter resistance window film provides in the case of an accident.
The most common automotive window tinting customer, however, is the person interested in reducing heat & glare from the sun in their vehicle. Most automotive window films reduce solar heat by 40%-60%.
This heat reduction lightens the load on a car's a/c system, also improving gas mileage in the process. Yes, that's right, window film improves gas mileage.
A common myth about automotive film is that "limousine dark" film is the only film worth having. Although darker films do provide a slightly better heat reduction rate, lighter films still provide between 45%-50% solar heat reduction. Lighter films also block 99% of harmful UV rays, identical to dark films.
Each state has different laws governing the allowed Visible Light Transmission % for vehicles or VLT. Law enforcement agencies commonly enforce window tinting laws by issuing "fix-it tickets". These citations often give a driver the option of removing the illegal window film or paying a fine and keeping the dark film on their vehicle.
With the popularity of window tinting film on the rise, many states are toughening auto tinting laws. The window film industry counters with continual lobbying that seeks to prevent states from enacting laws that could potentially hurt professional window tinting businesses. Florida, for example, has over 2,000 window tint shops that would be severely hurt if the state government enacted stricter window tinting laws.
Working together, the window film industry and state governments can find a balance to help ensure safe driving while consumers still enjoy the benefits of window tinting films.