Are you wondering how dark you can get your windows tinted? If that’s the case, you’re really not alone.
Depending on the state you’re driving in, you could get fined anywhere between $500 and $5,000 for driving with tinted windows that are too dark.
If you want to avoid getting that expensive of a ticket for your windows, you may want to know how dark you can actually get your windows tinted.
Each state has different rules and regulations, but keep reading this article to understand a break down of all of it!
Some Window Tint Terminology To Understand
Before you can start learning about which window tint is legal or not, there are a few basic terms that you should understand.
In the tinting industry, they measure the available light to go through the window in percentage. For example, if you have a 55% window tint, that means that 55% of the visible light has to be able to pass through the tint of your window.
When you see rules regarding “rear side windows,” this is referring to any of the windows on the side that are behind the front side windows. This will normally include cars that have three rows in the back.
At the top of the windshield, you may also notice that there is a band at the top of your windshield. This is to help mitigate some of the sunlight that goes streaming into your eyes while you’re driving. Windshields normally come like this, and you also can’t make it any darker in most states.
If you do want to tint your window, you’ll have to know what the AS1 line is. If you look at your windshield, you’ll notice that it’s marked near the top of the windshield. In most states, you can’t tint your windows below that AS1 line.
The General Rule
Now that you know some basic terms and things for window tinting, the general rule is that it will vary largely depending on what state you’re in.
Check with your state to see what the visible light transmission levels (VLT) are allowed for your windows. If they have a higher percentage, your tint won’t be very dark because it has to let in that percentage of light. If the percentage is lower, you’ll have a darker tint on your car.
In general, most states will let you have around a 50% VLT percentage for your car’s windows in the front. In the back, you may have a darker 35% VLT. It’s important to have the front windows letting more light in so that you can be completely aware of your surroundings while you’re driving.
While there will be more light coming in the front, from the outside of the car, you’ll barely be able to tell if it’s a darker tint or not.
It’s important for the states to regulate the amount of window tint percentage because if you can’t see very well, you’re more likely to get into a car accident. The police also need to be able to see who is in the car or if anything else is suspicious. This keeps you and everyone else that’s driving on the road safe.
You Can Get Pulled Over
Because having a window tint is regulated, police have the right to stop you and check if your window tint is too dark.
When they stop you, they’ll have a tool that is used to measure the tint of your windows. If the percentage is below the legal limit, then you may end up getting the ticket or be forced to remove the film on the window.
It’s up to the police’s discretion whether or not they want to stop and fine you, so make sure you know the rules for your state and follow them.
While there are rules in place to keep you safe, there is an exception to these rules as well.
If you have a medical condition that makes you sensitive to light, you can get a doctor’s note for it. That way you can have your windows tinted darker to avoid letting the sun damage your already sensitive skin.
However, if you do decide to do this, make sure that you always have that doctor’s note with you in case you do get pulled over. They can’t ticket you, but they may want to see the note as proof.
Some Other Things To Consider
Don’t be scared about getting a window tint just because you have the possibility of getting fined. As long as you follow the rules, you’ll be fine. Plus, there are so many benefits to getting your windows tinted.
When you have your windows tinted, it won’t let your car heat up as much. This is great if you live somewhere like California or Florida where the summer sun just bakes the inside of your car.
Not letting all that heat and light in will also help to preserve the interior and avoid letting it deteriorate faster than normal.
In addition to that, having a window tint on your car just looks cooler and offers you more privacy so you can perform your karaoke concerts in private!
The cost to tint car windows can differ, so shop around to find the best deal for your car!
Learn More About Getting Your Windows Tinted
These are only a few things to consider when getting your windows tinted, but as long as you’re in the legal limit, you’ll be okay.
It can be difficult to keep up with the ever-changing rules and recommendations for your car, but thankfully we help break it all down on our other blogs!
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