Sunshine is one of the big draws of living in the
state of Florida. Although the sun feels good sometimes, it has a dark side, too. The sun causes damage to eyes and skin – and sometimes makes it difficult to see while driving. One way manypeople protect against the rays is by tinting their car windows.The most obvious answer to “Why tint windows?” is that it reduces the amount of glare that drivers and passengers are exposed to, and reduces fading inside the vehicle. Too much glare, especially for the driver, can reduce visibility and increase the chance of an accident.If you’re having any doubts or asking, should I tint my windows, the answer is, yes. Other reasons to consider window tinting exist that may be not so obvious.
When most people think of sun damage, they think of damage to the skin, however, ultraviolet rays can cause health problems that are more than skin deep. Even inside a vehicle, a person is exposed to damaging rays that can contribute to skin cancer, and premature aging.This is most common with fair skinned people, but those with darker skin are also at risk. In fact, when someone with darker skin is diagnosed with cancer, it is often after the disease has progressed to the later stages, making it more dangerous.Eye problems are another health concern. According to the World Health Organization, up to 15 million people lose their vision to cataracts each year. In an estimated 20% of cases sun exposure plays a strong role. A less severe, but more common and still painful condition is eye inflammation.Perhaps the most surprising effect is the damage that UV rays can bring to the immune system. Cells can be damaged in a number of ways, and there have been numerous studies that show an increased risk of infectious diseases. When there is an excess of UV radiation in the environment, vaccines are less effective. Viral, parasitic, fungal, and bacteria infections can all become prevalent.
Running a car air conditioner is almost a given in Florida, but it takes power from the engine and overworks the A/C when its used. When less sun and UV rays enter inside a car because of window tinting, the car's interior absorbs less heat.This means that stepping into a car that has been in a sunny parking lot is more comfortable, even before the A/C goes on. When it does go on, it doesn't have to work as hard. This means less fuel is needed to run the car, and less wear and tear for the air conditioning.
There are a number of ways that tinted car windows make your vehicle and belongings safer and more more secure. The potential to protect against theft is one major reason why many people make the investment.In many cases, would-be thieves prefer to break into vehicles where they can easily see its worth their time and risk. It is much more obvious when someone tries to look inside a car with tinted windows. In many cases, a flashlight is required and suspicion is easily aroused. Of course, with or without a tint, it is still smart to keep valuables tucked away out of sightAnother way window tints add to the security of a vehicle is in the event of an accident. Since a window film is used to tint the glass, there is an extra layer to the inside of the car. If a clear-glassed car and a tinted window car are involved in similar accidents, the car without film might release numerous shards of glass and make any injuries that the occupants suffer, worse. Window tint film will often catch this glass before it can add to the damage.
While saving energy, money, and your health are all great reasons to consider tinting your car windows, it is still worth looking into the idea because you like the way it looks. Tints are available in various hues, and levels of shading. Higher shading levels provide more protection, but even a light shade can help and may be just the look you’re going for.Before having the film installed, it is important to consider there are laws that regulate how much tinting is permitted and whether a vehicle owner needs to identify it as one that has tinted glass.In Florida, front-side windows in sedans, vans, and SUVs cannot have tint that is more than 25% reflective. The back-side windows cannot be more than 35% reflective. In addition to these rules, those who have a back window tint are required to have dual side mirrors (not usually too much of a problem, since they’re standard on most cars and trucks).In some cases, these limits may be exceeded, but require a medical exemption. The inside of the driver's door jamb also needs to display a sticker saying that the tinting has been installed legally. Other states have additional regulations, which may limit the color of a tint, or require a special certification in order to install the film.So the dark layer of tint not only looks amazing and adds an air of mystery but it provides health benefits. Surprise. Find out more about different types of window tint at this blog and in the window tinting section of the website.
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