Tinting the Front Windshield

What Are Tinted Windshields?

Tinted windshields have been around for several decades and have proven themselves a reliably useful tool. Windshield tinting is a thin film that covers your windshield without reducing visibility. Tinting may prove to be rather expensive, although tinted windshields offer several benefits that make the high price worth it in the end. So why might someone get their windshield tinted?

  • Solar heat reduction: Tinted windshields can prevent 45 percent to 50 percent of solar heat from entering your car. By keeping infrared light out, the interior of the vehicle becomes increasingly more comfortable. This, in turn, reduces the need for air-conditioning, stresses your vehicle’s components less, and improves fuel efficiency.
  • Less glare: Windshield tinting has an uncanny ability to stop sun glare while driving. Some tints are almost entirely clear and yet still stop blinding solar light. Glare can be lowered by up to 30 percent, making a big difference when driving into the sun during your commute.
  • UV Light: Windshield tinting can block 99 percent of the ultraviolet light coming into your vehicle. UV light has been linked to many negative health effects, including skin cancer. Keeping as much UV radiation from getting in is essential to maintaining your and your passenger’s health. UV light can also damage plastics and leathers that line the inside of your car. Reducing UV light may increase the lifespan of your car’s interior.
  • Glass strength: Some tints make your windshield virtually shatterproof. No one wants shards of glass flying into their face and lap during a traffic accident, and tough glass makes successful break-ins less likely.

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What is the purpose of a window tint on your front windshield?

Adding window tint to your front windshield is not for the purpose of darkening the window, but rather to give you some protection from harsh UV rays, and prevent glare from the sun during the day or headlights during the night.

It provides safety from shattered glass and possible break-ins. We explain the benefits in more detail below.

Front window tint strip law

The ‘eyebrow’ (the little strip on the car’s windshield) is also permitted as long as it meets your state’s laws. These small front window tint strips ensure that the driver has enough visibility of their surroundings. While on the road, you can get some protection from the sun. Some state laws also prohibit the installation of windows that are not tinted which results in some specified degree of light reflection. Front window tint strip laws vary by state so please refer to the chart above to see if it is allowed in your state.

The AS1 line

In almost all cases, no aftermarket tint is allowed below the front windshield’s AS1 line. If you look closely at the edge of your windshield about 5 or 6 inches from the top, you should see some kind of hash mark or line etched in it. It might even say “AS1” or “AS-1” in tiny script. If you can’t locate the AS1 line, flip your sun visors down until they touch the windshield. The bottom edge of the sun visor generally marks the AS1 line. If you don’t see a mark of some kind on the windshield, don’t assume anything. Get in contact with your vehicle manufacturer to find out for sure.

Can one get pulled over for having tinted windows?

The answer is, sometimes. It is entirely dependent on the state one is in and the laws that govern that state. Many states have legalized some degree of tinting. Tinting done in the lines of these laws is permitted so you would not get pulled over. If the tint laws that are in place are not followed, you may be subject to being pulled over. In other states, tinting is entirely illegal. Any form of illegal tinting would attract negative attention from law enforcement. You need to understand and follow the laws of your state, as they do vary.

Should I get my front windshield tinted?

If you live in a very sunny area and drive a lot then getting a partial or full front windshield tint is a very good idea. The benefits for glare and heat reduction, UV rays protection, and safety are significant and worth the installation expense.

However, we cannot stress enough that you need to check the laws in your state before going ahead and tinting the windshield of your vehicle. You can be fined heavily if caught with a percentage that is illegal in your state. Make sure to first read up on your state’s current laws.

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