What about window tinting?


Joopy Sun Shade - What about window tinting?

Many motorists have their vehicle windows tinted to try and combat the sun’s heat, glare and UV radiation.

However, studies conducted by automotive organisations such as the RACV, RACQ and RAA (SA) have found that the benefits of window tinting are often exaggerated.

Test conducted by the RACQ have shown that the interior temperature in a car with tinted windows reaches the same point as one without tinting, and that while the intake of heat is slightly slowed by tinting, the car's interior also cools down slower compared with untinted windows, so the car stays hot longer.

These motoring bodies also found that most drivers do not realise the serious safety downsides of window tinting.

These include :

  • Reduced driver vision in low light conditions, which makes it harder to spot pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles without lights

  • Increased difficulty in reversing and manoeuvring

  • Increased difficulty for other road users to gauge the driver's intentions, as it's harder to see the driver through the windows  

As we get older, our eyes also need more light to see clearly and even light tinting increases the risk of accidents. In this way, tinting is like a pair of sunglasses that we can't take off.