What about window tinting?


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

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

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

  • 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.