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Why You Should Consider Automotive Window Film
Have you been considering getting automotive window film for your car? Tinting your windows can give your car a more modern and stylish look. That’s not the only reason to consider investing in window tinting, however. While adding style is a valid reason, there are several more substantial benefits that come with window tinting. Here are some worth considering.
UVA and UVB rays from the sun are quite dangerous. These rays can fade your car’s interior, damage leather and vinyl, and even cause substantial damage to your skin. Other than the windshield, normal automotive glass does not provide significant protection from UV rays.
Window film can block as much as 99.9 percent of UV radiation, providing important protection for your car’s interior and the people inside the car. In fact, car window tinting offers similar protection to applying sunscreen with an SPF of 285.
This is an important benefit. Consider this: Citing a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation reported that 53 percent of skin cancers in the United States occur on a person’s left side, the “driver’s side” of cars. This has been attributed to the UV radiation to which drivers are exposed via the driver’s side window while driving.
Window tinting can help reduce this risk. You and your passengers will have less of a chance of developing skin cancer, and tinting will help prevent fading and damage to your car’s interior. Sun exposure also can weaken seat belts, and window tinting can make this less of a risk.
Improved Security and Privacy
Want to deter a would-be thief from breaking into your car? Tinting can make it more difficult to see any valuables you may have left inside your vehicle. When a thief is deciding which vehicle to target, the ability to view the possessions inside could be the deciding factor in whether to attempt a quick smash and grab.
In addition to also providing more privacy, some window tints also slightly increase the strength of the glass. With the right window tint, the shattering of glass might be reduced, along with the risk of injury to the vehicle’s occupants, in the event of an accident.
Drivers know the importance of wearing sunglasses to reduce glare coming from the environment. Even a reflection from a body of water or a passing vehicle can cause significant glare, limiting the driver’s ability to see and drive safely. Window tinting can help reduce this glare significantly, improving a driver’s ability to safely operate his or her vehicle.
Less Interior Heat
Just about everyone is familiar with the discomfort that comes from getting into a car on a hot day, when the interior temperature could be 10 and maybe even 20 degrees higher than that outside. It can be almost unbearable. Window tinting reflects sunlight away from the vehicle, and this, in turn, decreases heat gain. While your car’s interior still will heat up some in the sun, you will notice a significant reduction in the amount of heat gain with window tinting. (You should still never leave a child or pet unattended inside a closed, hot car.)
You will notice further benefits while driving. Your interior temperature won’t climb as much, so you might not need the air conditioner on full blast the entire time. In addition to enjoying a more comfortable ride, you likely will reduce your fuel consumption with the air conditioner running less.
Window tinting provides significant benefits to you and your car. If you love the look of window tint, embrace it — knowing that you are doing something important to protect your investment at the same time.
Rachel Min is Director of Marketing at Rayno Window Film Inc. Min has been highly involved in promoting the Rayno brand, products, benefits and services since Rayno’s inception.
Cleaning your Car Battery Terminals
Car Care Tips
Keeping your Car Battery Terminal clean will keep you on the road. When your Battery is corroded it hard on the battery to start your car. Follow these steps to avoid unnecessary expenses and worry.
- Make sure your car is turned off. This will reduce the likelihood of accidentally grounding the cables.
- Determine the terminal configuration of your battery. There are two types.
- If the terminals are on the side, you will need a 5/16-inch (8 mm) wrench to loosen both cable nuts.
- If the terminals are on top of the battery, you will need either a 3/8-inch (10 mm) or 1/2-inch (13 mm) wrench.
- Loosen the nut on the negative (-) cable clamp. Unfasten the cable from the post.
- Do the same for the positive (+) cable. If you have trouble removing either cable, attempt to twist them while pulling up at the same time.
- Examine the car battery for cracks that may be leaking acid. If any are found, you need to replace the battery.
- Check the battery cables and clamps for tears. If a large rip is found, you may have to replace these parts.
- Mix 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of baking soda with 1 cup (250 ml) of very hot water.Dip an old toothbrush into the mixture and scrub the top of the battery to remove corrosion buildup.
- You can even dip the ends of the battery cables in hot water to dissolve any corrosion on the cable ends themselves.
- Use the toothbrush to scour the car battery clamps and posts. Remember to soak your brush in the baking soda solution as much as needed.
- Rinse the battery and cables with cool water. Make sure all the baking soda and corrosion is washed away. Dry the battery and clamps with a clean cloth.
- Lubricate all exposed metal on battery terminals, posts and clamps. Use petroleum jelly or a commercial battery terminal protection spray.
- Reattach the positive (+) cable clamp to the proper terminal. Tighten the nut with your wrench.
- Repeat with the negative (-) clamp. Test if terminals are tight enough by twisting each one by hand.
If you ever have an emergency and need to clean them real quick here’s 4 steps to follow.
- Keep a pair of gloves and correct-size wrench in your trunk or back seat.
- Loosen each terminal slightly with your wrench. Do not entirely remove the cables.
- Pour cola over the battery from the center outward in one direction. Repeat going in the opposite direction.
- Allow it to soak for two minutes, then rinse off with water. Tighten the terminals and try to restart the car.
Hope you will take the time to clean your battery so your not stuck out in the cold weather.