Window tinting can be a really good way of improving your level of comfort when you are driving. It makes your car temperature more stable, and it helps to protect the interior of your car from damage by the sun’s rays. However, it it not always possible to give your car a dark window tint. What a lot of people don’t realise is that window tinting legal limits can vary from country to country and even state to state.
This means that if you like to go on long road trips, you can’t just make sure that your car is within the window tinting legal limits for your state – you need to check anywhere that you will be driving through. Note, also, that the tinting limits aren’t just for the amount of light that the car will allow through – there are also restrictions on the amount of light that can be reflected. This means that the kind of shop windows which are one-way glass and that reflect a LOT of light are not usually OK for general day to day driving.
There are some exceptions to the law regarding window tints. For example, if you have certain medical conditions then you can apply for an exception on your tints and have heavier tinted windows within your state. However, this is only the case for driving in-state. If you are going to be making longer journeys then you might find yourself falling foul of the law when you cross state lines.
As a general rule of thumb, any tint that allows less than 32% of the ambient light through will most likely be illegal, and you should not tint the front windshield at all, except for a thin strip at the top.