Winter can produce some of the most challenging driving conditions of the year. From ice to snow and fog, driving conditions can be difficult. Besides the inconvenience of warming up your car before use, many in snowy climates may find low visibility an issue, stress those with tinted windows worry about less. Winter also introduces a wide variety of corrosives that can quickly deteriorate your car’s paint job. This, among other factors, can make tinting your car’s windows and wrapping painted car panels just in time for winter be a good idea, and here’s why:
In the winter, many drivers find themselves blasting the heat, often leaving it at a high setting for significant parts or the entirety of their journey. This results in substantial increases in fuel consumption and emissions, both of which want to be avoided. Using window tint with thermal properties (a standard function on most mid and high-grade window tinting films), you can keep a much more significant portion of the heat your car produces inside the cabin, allowing you to heat your vehicle in a shorter period (offering additional comfort or the driver and occupants), and reducing the output needed from the car’s heating system to maintain a warm temperature inside the cabin. The result of these combined outcomes is a dramatic reduction in both fuel consumption and emissions, along with an increased driver and passenger comfort.
The widespread use of corrosives and gravel to combat ice forming on roadways can have quick-acting and long-lasting effects on your car’s paint. Corrosion of body panels can accelerate paint peeling and flaking, and chips from gravel on roadways can pit and scratch your car’s body panels, eating away at the paint. Applying paint protection film, or PPF to these panels can reduce and/or eliminate this degradation, and to some, it is a necessity of winter driving. If being used in some climates, the upfront cost can come to be justified in a single season compared to paint refurbishment costs.
Winter is often when snowstorms, glare from the sun, and debris from the road can impair drivers’ vision. Tinted windows can reduce glare, but the coatings on some window protection and tinting films can reduce the visibility loss of debris on the windshield and make it easier to remove. Furthermore, the insulating properties of some tinting films can reduce the accumulation of condensation on the inside of windscreens and windows, leading to better visibility.
Whether summer or winter, the vast array of benefits of window tinting films strongly outweighs both inconvenience and upfront cost. Applying PPF and tinting car windows has year-round benefits in addition to seasonal perks and often allows owners to retain more value from their car for eventual sale down the road.
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