Winter is coming…literally. A couple of months before the first snowflake lands on the ground, this is the perfect time to start preparing for the cold season.
Many would focus on buying thermal wear, repairing their roofs, or buying furnace for the fireplace. However, one thing most people forgets to prepare for winter is preparing their cars and vehicles as well. One of the best ways to do it is by tinting your car windows.
Some people may think that majority of the reasons why you should tint your car windows point to the summer season: the weather is hot and humid, the sun’s glare can seriously hurt your eyes and cause some accidents, and you can make the interiors of your vehicle cooler while protecting it from early breakage.
But, tinting your car for or during the winter has its benefits too. The cold temperature and the snowy surroundings doesn’t mean you wouldn’t need that extra layer of privacy and protection that window tints bring about.
Here are some ways you can benefit from car window tinting during wintertime:
Eliminate glare from snow reflection
During these months, the sun tends to be lower in the sky. Just like in the summer or in spring, its rays can still produce glare which can irritate your eyes and distract you from driving.
At the same time, since the sun rises much later and sets much earlier during the winter season, cars tend to use their headlights and taillights more often, producing more glare than usual. Glare is intensified by the snow collected on roadsides because light reflects on white surfaces. This can seriously make driving during the winter more dangerous.
Tints make a huge difference! Do you know why skiers wear darker eyeglasses when they ski? Darkened lenses allow them to see better despite the snow, glare and the cold weather. That logic is applicable to cars too. Tinted windows allow the driver, as well as the passengers to be more alert on the road, and in turn, avoid accidents.
There’s UV even when it snows
You may not feel the sun’s blazing heat compared to the summer, but definitely, it is still very present—so as its harmful UV rays.
The heat may be reduced extremely, evident by the temperature drop, but the amount of UV rays released through the sun’s rays are not lessened during the winter. Just like back in the summer, they can still cause skin problems and age it just the same. Actually, studies conclude that light bouncing from the snow still have UV rays, amplifying your exposure to it by 85-90% more.
UV rays also make the insides of your vehicle ‘age’ as well. It can fade your upholstery and cause your dashboard and other wood components be prone to breakage as well. Winter-proofing your car by tinting it assures your skin and your car’s interior will not suffer from these invisible detractors. Tints block up to 90% of UV rays, which helps you escape from it when you are behind the wheel or inside a car. At the same time, your vehicle’s upholstery and dashboard will be protected too.
Better thermal control
Did you also know that window tints also help in retaining the heat inside? Tints act like insulating layers by trapping interior heat inside the car during the winter. When the heat hits your window from outside, the heat travels through the glass and transfers to the air and other objects that may be in contact with the window.
You may not need to use too much of the heaters, and minimize the wear and tear of your car during this season.
Using up your seat warmers and car heaters can really be a burden to your pockets because it uses up too much fuel. Since you don’t need that much heat, (thanks to the tints acting as insulators), you can save up money, fuel and energy.
Tints VS Slippery Road Accidents
Driving during the winter is arguably one of the most dangerous scenarios for a car-owner. The roads are slippery, the weather is cold, there are snow piled up on the road sides, visibility is compromised because of the glare and the much dimmer surroundings. Then again, accidents can happen everywhere, anytime, with different circumstances given.
Tinted windows tend to break less when you meet an accident. Instead of the window glass shattering everywhere, the tint films keep it together and intact. Broken glass can bring even more harm to the passengers, making it harder to get out the car. Tints also adds thickness to the glass making it stronger, reducing the chances of total wreckage if ever accidents happen.
Winter Smash and Grab Incidents
The holidays happen during the winter season. Everyone is busy buying presents and food for their celebrations and family gatherings. While majority of the people are enjoying the festive spirit, some still take advantage of the moment and try to ruin it. Thieves can still be everywhere, waiting for a chance to break your car window and steal your belongings inside.
Tinted windows are much harder to break, giving your car and your things inside more protection from theft.
Best time for deals
Many tinting companies offer great deals during the season. Because majority of car-owners think that the summer time is the perfect time to have their car windows tinted, the winter is usually a slow time for tint shops.Because of the lack of demand and for the holiday discounts, you can score great deals and lower fees when you have your vehicle tinted during this season.