Are you sick of driving with the hot sun in your face?
When you open the door to a hot car, do you sweat?
If you said yes to both, you might want to think about tinting the windows in your car.
If you decide to tint the windows in your car, you should know what the law says about it.
Window tinting is governed by the laws of each state.
In Kentucky, drivers can have their windows tinted and made to reflect light.
Considering this, can you get pulled over in Kentucky for tinted windows? How will you know how much is legal?
If you live in Kentucky and want tinted windows, you should first find out what the laws are about tint.
You have to follow the same rules whether you do it yourself or hire a professional. Learn more by reading on.
How is Window Tint Useful?
Window tint is a thin, see-through film that is stuck on the inside of a car’s windows.
Most of the UV rays from the sun are blocked by tint.
It also cuts down on the brightness of headlights when driving at night.
By blocking out the sun, your eyes will feel better and you’ll be less likely to be distracted.
Even if the windshield is tinted, you will still be able to see through it.
How tint works is as follows:
Some tinting films have pieces made of metal in them.
These parts block the blinding light of headlights and heat from the sun and other sources.
The tint cools the inside of your car on hot days, which could save you money on gas if you don’t have to use the air conditioner as much.
Window tinting is also good for protecting the inside of your car.
Some interior colours fade over time when they are exposed to heat and sunlight.
Visible Light Transmission
Visible Light Transmission, or VLT, is the amount of light that can get through the tint.
The window tinting laws in Kentucky went into effect in 1994. Depending on the type of vehicle, they allow a certain amount of tinting.
A tint that lets in more light because it lets in more visible light. A tint that lets in less light because it lets in less visible light.
How Much Tint is Legal in Kentucky
Tinting is legal in Kentucky, but the state limits how much tint you can put on your car.
A professional will put the tint on your car based on the type of car and what the state allows, including how much the tint darkens and how much it reflects light.
Check with the installer to see if the tint has been approved for sale in the state by the company that made it.
In Kentucky, the DMV must put a certification sticker on the driver-side door jam.
Kentucky lets you use any colour of tint, but if you need a special tint for medical reasons, you can’t do that there.
Up to 35% of the front side windows and 18% of the back seat windows and back window can be darkened in passenger cars.
In Kentucky, the top 5% of the windshield can be tinted with non-reflective material.
It helps keep the sun out of your eyes while driving.
With reflective tinting, your car can be more private.
In passenger cars, the amount of reflective material can’t be more than 25% in the front side windows and 35% in the back side windows.
MPVs, like vans, trucks, SUVs, and RVs, can have different amounts of glass in the back and rear windows.
The state lets MVPs have up to 35% darkness in the front side window, just like passenger cars.
It lets them put tint that doesn’t reflect light on the top 5% of their windshields.
In Kentucky, you can only tint the back seat windows and rear windows by up to 8%.
In multi-use vehicles, reflective tinting can’t be more than 25% in the front side windows and 35% in the back side windows.
Installing Window Tint at Home
If you want to save money and think you can do it yourself, you must follow the same rules.
Do your research and find out what kind of tint you need to buy for your car.
You might want to buy different levels of percentage so that you can mix and match as needed.
Find out who makes the film before you buy it and the other things you need.
Is it certified by the maker? If not, look elsewhere.
You will have to be patient and follow a lot of steps.
Make sure you are ready for a project like this.
Can You Get Pulled Over for Tint in Kentucky?
Yes, you can.
A police officer could pull you over and charge you with a Class B misdemeanour if they see that you might not be following the rules for the percentage or reflectivity.
If you break Kentucky’s tint laws, you could get a ticket, so it’s important to follow them to the letter.
They just want you, your passengers, and everyone else on the road to be safe.
What if you’re in another state and a police officer pulls you over?
If police see that your car’s tint isn’t legal, they can give you a ticket or tell you to fix it.
If you break the tint laws in some states, you might not have to pay a fine, but don’t count on that.
If a police officer stops you for something else, roll down your window before he or she gets close to the car.
He or she might not notice that you have tint.
If you get a ticket or an order to fix something, you can fight it or the order in court if you want to.
There’s no guarantee that the judge will let you go without a fine, but if you think you have a good reason, it might be worth a shot.