What Are Some Main Advantages of Automotive Window Tint
Automotive window tinting refers to the act of applying a dark thin film to the glass of a car so as to render it opaque and in effect darken it. The reasons that people decide to tint their car’s window are many. These may include security or privacy; protection against the damaging UV rays responsible for causing sun damage; and reducing the internal temperature of the car so that it remains comfortable during the long winter months. Whatever the reason for installing window tint, it is a smart decision for car owners to do so. If you are looking to buy a new car, then you should definitely make sure that you ask the salesperson about the window tint as part of the service contract. You will also find that many auto insurance companies will give discounts to those who purchase cars with window tint installed.
Window tinting was used for many years on the streets of Europe, but not in the United States until the late sixties when the Ford Motor Company began adding them to the Ford Thunderbird. At first, however, these films only offered very little curb protection and actually made driving more dangerous because they effectively hid everything. As more car owners started taking their vehicles to the dealer, roll down window tinting was no longer a functional option, it was something that every car owner had to buy. However, after some pressure was placed on the manufacturers by groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in the early seventies, companies started making their own versions. They had to compete against each other so they came up with some pretty creative names. Today, MADD is no longer an issue and most car owners opt to just go ahead and buy window tinting for their car’s windows.
The reason why window tinting didn’t escape the US until recently is because of the fact that most automotive glass windows don’t have a protective film that can be removed easily. There are two major reasons for this. First off, since vehicle windows are often a lot smaller than the glass on the door or the windshield, you need to use a product that is able to cover the entire window. This means that a typical window tint will cover the glass on your vehicle by at least three inches, which is definitely not something you want.
Secondly, the safety glass on vehicles isn’t usually made to handle film that covers an entire window. If the safety glass can be broken, the driver and passengers would be in danger of being exposed to unfiltered rays. Because of this, film-based window tint was created to replace the safety glass and to protect the driver and passengers from these dangerous rays. A recent study showed that when people who used window tinting film had their eyes exposed to UV rays, they were less likely to get cancer as compared to those who did not use window tint.
However, many car owners still opt for the safety glass, mainly because it is cheaper to purchase the tinted glass and install it on your own. You also don’t have to deal with installation issues and all of the hassles that come with having to deal with automotive glass. The biggest problem with automotive glass is that it gets shattered into tiny pieces if it is hit. Even if the window remains intact, a small piece of the broken glass may get trapped between the headlights and the side of the vehicle, and this can cause the light to flicker or go out. Tinted automotive glass provides more privacy and protects the driver and passengers from having this happen.
There are even cars with tinted windows, most notably the Mercedes-Benz E Class models. Mercedes uses smart airbags that can deploy in the event of a crash, which is why they offer this extra safety feature. When this safety feature is in effect, the airbag automatically inflates to accommodate the car occupants’ weight, and then deflates once the car has stopped. This reduces the amount of pressure that is released, which lessens the chance of a serious injury occurring.