Driving during the winter posts an added threat to drivers everywhere. More than the cold weather, the slippery roads, darker days, and hazard of blizzards are just some of the factors which makes it more difficult for car owners to feel safer while traveling with their vehicles. Moreover, this seasons does not exempt you from the preexisting hazards owning a car implies—you are still exposed to UV rays, can be a victim of car related crimes and robberies, and could spend more and more on fuel.
The fact still remains that car window tints benefit drivers and their vehicles more than they can imagine—especially now that the winter season is just around the corner.
How Tinting Benefits You During Winter
One of the most useful benefits of tinted windows car owners enjoy is its ability to reduce heat inside the vehicle while driving. Tints act like insulating layers by trapping interior heat inside the car during the winter. In fact, window tint films can regulate heat. By insulation, tints keep the heat inside your vehicle, by directing it back within the interior of your car. Insulation means it will take less time to warm up your car during the coldest of days.
By this principle, you don’t need to use too much of your car’s energy to keep the interior warm and comfortable enough for you to focus on driving. It can also significantly reduce the usage of your vehicle’s heaters, thus extending the life of the engine itself, and lessening the gas consumption.
When it comes to your safety and security while driving and not, car tints have its benefits too during the winter. Winter is a horrible season for road visibility and driving conditions. A lot of drivers may disregard the glare from other vehicles, lamp posts, and the rays sun reflected through the snow. Many would believe that since it is the winter season, the sun can’t pose too much threat—however, the truth is otherwise. Car window tint will shield your eyes and prevent glare from all sources of extreme and blinding light. By installing car tints, you protect yourself and your driving companions from possible road accidents because of the sun’s brightness and rays. Tint also helps in keeping your car’s window from shattering upon impact with an object or in the event of an accident.
Since the holidays are fast approaching, many burglars and thieves are also increasing. While some opt to buy car alarms and protection, many reports and incidents prove that those are not really a great precautionary measure. In a case of a smash and grab incident, the thieves are long gone by the time you or the authorities are notified. Tints can let your car be incognito from the sight of these criminals. If they are uncertain if there is money or a thing of high value in there, chances are, they won’t risk being caught by smashing and grabbing yours. At the same time, high quality tint films hold shattered glass intact. Your car windows may be broken but it will not still give the perpetrators access inside.
If you are planning to have yours tinted anytime soon, as a preparation for the cold weather or during it, here is everything you need to know to have a flawless, long-lasting, and well-maintained tints that will last through the seasons of the year.
Tint Application during the Cold Season
Some people may regard winter as the worst time to have car tints installed, but, the truth is, the application process doesn’t differ that much during the other seasons. Only that you may need to wait to use the windows a bit longer than recommended to ensure full curing. Cold weather window film still needs adequate time to cure to guarantee it adheres well.
Cleaning Tints during Winter
Tinted windows may develop a thin, white film during the rainy or winter season from various sources. The film can be caused from car-cleaning soap buildup, hard water, road salt and sand for snow maintenance and everyday air pollutants. When cleaning tinted windows, the most important thing car owners should remember is to use gentle and ammonia free cleaning solution, as well as wipe it clean with non abrasive cloth.
To remove water spots on tinted windows, car owners may choose from three different cleaning agents:
Dilute white vinegar. Use equal parts warm water and vinegar. Place the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the tinted windows. Wipe the windows clean with a soft cloth. You can repeat the process if some film or spots remain.
Vinyl Window Cleaner
These type of cleaners are made with a gentler formula than ordinary window cleaner. Spray the cleaner on the tinted windows. Wet a cloth. Wipe the cleaner from the windows using the wet cloth. Dry the windows with a soft cloth fully prevent water stains. Repeat the process on all of the windows.
Ammonia-Free Glass Window Cleaner
Spray the ammonia free glass window cleaner on the tinted windows. Many companies make ammonia-free glass cleaners. Wipe the cleaner away using a soft, dry cloth or rag.
Repeat the process on all of the windows.