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Should I Tint My Car Windows

Should I Tint My Car Windows


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  • - SARAH ZHOU
  • - M.D.C.M CANDIDATE
  • - MCGILL UNIVERSITY

TINTED CAR WINDOWS

Not only do they give a refined finish to a sleek ride, but tinted car windows can increase the protective effect of tempered glass. Compared to tempered glass alone, tint helps reduce the amount of UVA rays that penetrate. However, it is important to be aware of the laws surrounding tinted windows.

According to the Société de l’Assurance Automobile Québec (SAAQ), windows that are too dark compromise the safety of drivers. In particular, the field of vision is reduced and night vision is significantly reduced with tinted windows.

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WHAT ARE THE LAWS?

Please be aware that these laws apply to Quebec, and that different provinces/territories may have different regulations to comply. Please call or visit your local authority’s website for information regarding the laws in your area

  • A strip no greater than 15cm wide may be applied to the top of the windshield
  • The front side windows must let in at least 70% of light when measured with a photometer. Please be aware that even transparent films can reduce the light that passes through a window, so it is always best to check before going on the road.
  • The rear side windows and rear window do not have strict specifications, but the general rule is that they must let enough light in to see the occupants and/or contents of the car

OUR ADVICE?

Be aware that UV radiation is still likely to penetrate through the windows, especially UVA rays. Even if you don’t get a burn, this radiation can still lead to permanent long-term skin damage, including premature skin aging and skin cancers. It is always best to apply sunscreen, even if you’re just going for a car ride!