Immediately after I picked up my first off-the-lot brand new car, I set up an appointment with a local auto shop to get my windows tinted… Very exciting.
Not only did I think it would look very good with darkened windows, the car being charcoal grey, I knew I wanted tinting for 2 good reasons: privacy, and to keep the headlight glare of trucks and SUVs driving behind me to a minimum. I’m sure those RideLust.com readers who drive cars, who are surrounded by larger vehicles, have a pretty good idea what I’m talking about, and let me tell you, tinting does make a difference. The light coming into your car from vehicles behind you, reflected off your side and rearview mirrors, is definitely dulled, even at the lightest tint level. Additionally, the privacy aspect of having your car tinted is quite nice, something you get used to and come to enjoy. Whenever I drive my girlfriend’s car, which is not tinted, I feel oddly exposed, out in the open…it’s a strange feeling, and likely why the rest of my cars from now into the future will be tinted.
Yes, there is a legal aspect, or problem to tinting your car in that apparently if you tint your front driver’s side and passenger side windows beyond the legal limits (different per state and obviously a bad idea) cops can and often will make you peel the tint off right then and there should they pull you over for whatever reason. I’m sure there are all kinds of stories about this, and I’m sure it happens, but I can honestly say that I’ve had all of my windows tinted just shy of 3 years now (a pretty dark tint, but legal in PA), and I have driven past many cops day in, day out, and never had a problem. Granted, I haven’t been pulled over in that time, but if I did get the rearview flashing light adrenaline rush, the very first thing I would do, if my windows were up, would be to put them down and stick my arm out of the car while waiting patiently for the officer. Look, no weapon! A cop walking up to a car with tinted windows, where he can’t see what’s going on in the car, is not likely to be a happy cop, and though some people think the effect is cool to roll down a window while someone is staring in, waiting (eww, it’s magic), the man (or woman) with the gun and the ability to bust your marbles likely won’t find it terribly amusing.
All that said, tinting your car is a relatively inexpensive way to give your vehicle a new look, it has benefits beyond the aesthetic, and likely will not be any problem with your local law enforcement men and women. It’s definitely worth checking out.