It’s the most wonderful time of the year, it’s finally Christmas! As the year is nearing its close, majority of the people looks forward to just enjoying the last few days before the start of 2018. Though it may seem to be the last of the priorities, your vehicles should be one of the things you should give more attention during this cold season.
Cars are very similar to the human body. Like the body, it has parts that should be working properly and collaboratively for it to perform its function. Like cars, the body needs to be regularly checked up, maintained, and taken care of in general. Similar to how the body reacts to the cold weather, your cars can be affected, worse—damaged by the winter season too!
The cold temperature and the snowy surroundings doesn’t mean you wouldn’t need that extra layer of privacy and protection that window tints bring about. Moreover, different natural factors such as the sun, the roads and other vehicles doesn’t vary despite the change in season, hence, if anything, you might need to be tinting your car windows now more than ever.
Here are some ways car window tints protect your ride during the holidays:
Brighter Days because of Glare and Snow
Yes, it’s winter time. You may not feel the sun’s heat compared to the summer, but definitely, it is still there providing light. In fact, the sun tends to be lower in the sky during the winter months, so definitely, it’s glare can still affect your sight while you’re driving behind the wheel, especially when it’s near or equal to your line of sight.
At the same time, since the sun rises much later and sets much earlier during the winter season, cars tend to use their headlights and taillights more often, producing more glare than usual. Glare is intensified by the snow collected on roadsides because light reflects on white surfaces. This can seriously make driving during the winter more dangerous.
Skiers wear darker eyeglasses when they ski for a reason: it allows them to see better despite the snow, glare and the cold weather. That logic is applicable to cars too. Tinted windows allow the driver, as well as the passengers to be more alert on the road, and in turn, avoid accidents.
Tints vs UV Rays
As we have established from the previous point, only the temperature changes and the sun stays on its omnipotent position in the sky. The heat may be reduced extremely, but the sun’s UV rays are still there, ready to make our skin’s health miserable, or wreck our car’s interiors.
The amount of UV rays released through the sun’s rays are not lessened during the winter. Just like back in the summer, they can still cause skin problems and age it just the same. Actually, studies conclude that light bouncing from the snow still have UV rays, amplifying your exposure to it by 85-90% more.
UV rays also make the insides of your vehicle ‘age’ as well. It can fade your upholstery and cause your dashboard and other wood components be prone to breakage as well.
Better Thermal Control and Fuel Efficiency
During the summer time, tints act as guards to keep the heat off from penetrating inside the car. One of its main benefits is reducing the heat in the vehicle by blocking the sun’s rays. Did you also know that window tints also help in retaining the heat inside?
Tints act like insulating layers by trapping interior heat inside the car during the winter. When the heat hits your window from outside, the heat travels through the glass and transfers to the air and other objects that may be in contact with the window. This process is called Conduction.
Since you don’t need that much heat, (thanks to the tints acting as insulators), you can save up money, fuel and energy.
Prevent accidents on snowy and slippery roads
Driving during the winter is arguably one of the most dangerous scenarios for a car-owner. The roads are slippery, the weather is cold, there are snow piled up on the road sides, visibility is compromised because of the glare and the much dimmer surroundings. Then again, accidents can happen everywhere, anytime, with different circumstances given.
Tinted windows tend to break less when you meet an accident. Instead of the window glass shattering everywhere, the tint films keep it together and intact. Broken glass can bring even more harm to the passengers, making it harder to go out the car. Tints also adds thickness to the glass making it stronger, reducing the chances of total wreckage if ever accidents happen.
No to Smash and Grab Incidents
The holidays happen during the winter season. Everyone is busy buying presents and food for their celebrations and family gatherings. While majority of the people are enjoying the festive spirit, some still take advantage of the moment and try to ruin it. Thieves can still be everywhere, waiting for a chance to break your car window and steal your belongings inside.
Tinted windows are much harder to break, giving your car and your things inside more protection from theft.
The holidays is a good time for deals
Many tinting companies offer great deals during the season. Because majority of car-owners think that the summer time is the perfect time to have their car windows tinted, the winter is usually a slow time for tint shops.
Because of the lack of demand and for the holiday discounts, you can score great deals and lower fees when you have your vehicle tinted during this season. Weather you will buy it for yourself or gift it to other car owners and enthusiasts, tint vouchers is one of the better last minute Christmas gifts you can get!