There are many practical reasons to put window tinting on your vehicle. However, it’s also important to understand the legal restrictions surrounding window tinting.

Some discounted window tints or DIY businesses skip over legal compliance laws for window tinting. Here at Simply Cool, we have years of experience delivering high-quality tints for your home and vehicle, and so we know how to make sure that your vehicle is compliant with local laws.


What are the concerns?

There need to be regulations about window tinting because after-market tints that are too dark can create a hazard for the driver and for others on the road. The primary concerns are the driver being able to see effectively, and others’ ability to see the driver.

Driver’s visibility: Although window tints make visibility much better during bright daylight, it can lower visibility in dark conditions, like when you’re driving at night or in an underground parking lot. This can be especially true for your interior rearview mirror, which may not have a clear view out the back window.

Others’ visibility of driver: Perhaps the more pressing concern is whether other people can see the driver through tinted windows. This is a special concern for traffic cops when they pull over a vehicle. It can also be an issue for other drivers on the road, who find themselves unable to visually communicate with another driver.


Utah’s Tinting Regulations

We here at Simply Cool are based out of Salt Lake, Utah. Many of our customers are also in Utah, and so Utah tinting regulations are the ones that we deal with the most often.

Utah’s regulations about window tinting are comparatively simple. Any windows behind the driver can be as dark as you’d like. However, the front windshield must have 70% light transmittance, and the windows to either side of the driver must allow for 43% light transmittance. Additionally, a car with tinted windows must have a right-side rearview mirror because there will be lowered visibility for the interior rearview mirror.


Trust Our Experience

Although Utah laws and regulations come up the most frequently, we also understand the requirements of different states. Some areas require a validation sticker that states that a vehicle is in compliance with tinting regulations. Others need different levels of light transmittance.

Whatever your tinting needs, we can make sure that your vehicle is compliant with local laws so that you don’t have to worry about getting a ticket or coming across problems when it’s time for your yearly vehicle inspection. Give us a call to get a quote for your car today.