A Look At New York’s Updated Car Window Tinting Laws

Tinted car windows bring several benefits to drivers, from improved safety to improved visibility. Yet, if you are going to tint your car windows, you need to make sure it’s done safely and in line with the law. Each state has its own window tinting laws, which drivers must follow to avoid citation. The state of New York changed its window tinting laws on January 1, 2017, and some drivers with tinted windows have been surprised by these changes when taking their vehicles in for annual inspections. Here’s what you need to know about changes to the New York state tint law.

What the Law Says

New York state window tint law says that all windshield and front side windows must have a tint that allows for at least 70 percent of the outside light to pass through. Also, if a vehicle is labeled as a sedan, hardtop, hatchback, coupe, wagon or convertible, the side and rear windows must also allow 70 percent of outside light in. Other vehicle classifications can have darker tint on their rear and side windows.

This is an important factor for law enforcement officials, as it gives them the ability to see the driver and front seat passenger during a traffic stop. If pulled over at a traffic stop, drivers who have windows that don’t allow 70 percent visibility will receive a citation — and the fine can be as much as $150.

The visibility aspect of the law isn’t new. However, it’s now a requirement that window tint be tested at an annual vehicle inspection. Vehicles that do not pass the window tint test will fail the inspection — and if the inspection sticker is not valid, they will be unable to drive legally until fixing the issue.

What the New Law Means for New York Drivers

For most New York drivers, the new law has little impact on the use of their vehicles. The current New York window tint law matches the federal law. Most drivers will not have difficulty adhering to the law because new vehicles are not made with tint that violates this regulation. The 2017 law simply added a component to the state inspection. The biggest problem comes when after-market tint is added to vehicles by car owners or installers who are not well versed in the state law.

One way to avoid problems is to skip DIY projects — instead, have tint installed by someone who carefully adheres to state laws. All Rayno window tint installers are up-to-date on New York window tint laws, as well as federal laws, and will ensure your car has tinted windows that will not put you at risk for citations.

If you are interested in having your windows tinted and want to be certain they are done in line with current laws, contact us to help you find one of our dealers. You can also search for a New York Rayno dealer near you. With the help of Rayno, you can have tinted windows in New York and pass your vehicle inspections with no trouble.

Worth Celebrating: How Window Film Helps Protect Children’s Eyes

August was Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness month, a time when parents, teachers and medical practitioners took a closer look at what they could do to protect children’s eye health and help prevent eye problems in children.

Interestingly, it was also the same month as the solar eclipse, when parents and teachers alike were scrambling to make sure their kids had the right protection to view the historic event safely. As the month drew to a close, this increased focus on eye health led to more people becoming concerned about the dangers of UV radiation for their children’s eyes. This also raised the interest level in the benefits of window tinting as an eye protection safety measure.

Here’s what you need to know about window tint and its importance in protecting children and their vision.

How Window Tint Protects Children’s Eyes

The August emphasis on eye health drew attention to the fact that more than 12 million American children receive dangerously high levels of ultraviolet rays from the sun, specifically when they sit near windows. While the levels of radiation exposure are lower indoors than outdoors, the level of protection children get indoors also is lower. Many parents and teachers are not thinking about sun safety when their children are indoors, yet dangerous UV rays flow freely through normal window glass.

Children have a higher risk for vision damage because their ocular lenses cannot filter UV rays quite as effectively as adults, so the radiation is able to reach the retina and cause damage more easily. This increases a child’s risk of blurry vision and cataracts, according to The Vision Council.

Interestingly, children are more likely to spend time near windows while indoors, as they naturally seem to be drawn to sunlight. In turn, this increases the risk of UV radiation damage. In the car, where parents frequently wear sunglasses, children are often left without protection and are exposed to even more UV radiation.

This scenario can cause consternation for parents. The good news is, UV blocking window film — such as that offered by Rayno — can block up to 99 percent of these damaging UV rays, without impacting visibility through the window. By installing this protection on windows in houses, schools and cars, adults can give the children in their lives the eye protection they need.

The International Window Film Association (IWFA) also encourages homeowners to have professionally installed window film applied to all of a home’s windows to provide eye protection against invisible but dangerous UV rays.

Find Window Tint Installers Near You

If you’re looking for a window tint for your home or car that increases eye protection safety, the right tint product is important. Some tint products simply change the color of the window without blocking UV radiation, and others are easily damaged or scratched, which makes them less effective. Rayno’s window tint is durable and effective at blocking as much as 99 percent of harmful UV radiation. It will not warp, bubble or fade over time, and will make your home or car look good while also protecting your family.

To have Rayno’s window tint installed in your home or vehicle, locate a qualified Rayno installer in your area. You can also contact Rayno Window Film to learn more about our products and how they benefit children’s eye health.