8 Reasons to Tint the Windows on Your Company Truck or Van
Window tinting is something that most people only consider for personal vehicles. Tinted windows are most commonly seen on sport vehicles though have been seen on everything from smart cars to big-rigs. Why? It’s not just for style. The reason so many different types of drivers tint their windows is that tinting has far more to offer than style alone. Window tinting reduces the heat in your vehicle, improves visibility, and significantly boosts vehicle security. These are all benefits that any business fleet could benefit from.
Business fleets, in fact, have even more to gain from each minor improvement made because these improvements are multiplied by your vehicles. Any reduction in fuel costs, driver efficiency, or equipment maintenance can equal hundreds to thousands of dollars in savings each year. Not to mention better stats. Let’s take a closer look at why to tint the windows of your company truck or van.
Cooling with Deflected Solar Heat
The first and most notable benefit of window tinting is the deflection of solar heat. When the sun shines on your fleet vehicles, they heat up. Often quite a bit. It then requires energy, and thus fuel, to run the AC and keep the vehicle cool. A vehicle sitting in the sun will be baking hot and must be cooled before your team can drive. And out on the open highway, the AC expends fuel to keep your drivers and passenger-teams cool.
With window tinting, less sunlight makes it through the windows which can keep each truck or van cooler all year long. This saves you on AC fuel expense and can even improve your overall gas mileage for spending less on blasting AC day to day.
Glare Reduction for Drivers
Another very important benefit of tinting is glare reduction. There are many circumstances where glare on or around the road can significantly increase the risks of driving. Tinting reduces the glare that makes it through the windshield and windows, which can help your drivers to see the road and surrounding conditions more clearly. They will be able to navigate the road safely matter what the ambient light is doing or what direction it’s coming from.
This is especially important if your drivers frequently drive on wet streets, at night, in the snow, or under the glaring afternoon sun.
Visual Security for Stored Equipment
Work vehicles are often stocked with valuable equipment. From power tools to diagnostic computers, your company’s trucks and vans likely have something of value inside. Unfortunately, there are always people looking for parked, unattended vehicles with value to steal. Even if your trucks and vans are well-secured or alarm-protected, temptation can still lead to dents and scratches from hoodlums trying to break in.
Tinted windows add an interesting layer of security: Visual obscurity. If local trouble-makers can’t see inside your trucks, they can’t make out anything worth trying to steal.
Reduce Heat Damaged Equipment
When vehicles bake in the sun, it does more than cost fuel to cool them. The valuable equipment inside can take damage. Anything made of plastic, for example, may melt or warp in the heat. Even some metal products can take heat damage in a hot car. Most of the time, this damage only happens when vehicles are parked in the sun during the day. This is a time when only passive methods can protect the equipment stored inside.
Window tinting is uniquely useful in keeping business vehicles cooler when they are parked. This way, the equipment within never reaches the same temperature heights and is much less likely to take heat damage as a result.
Reduce Upholstery Fading
No doubt you’ve seen a few vehicles that sat in the sun so long that the upholstery changes colors. Faded seats are a notorious problem with older vehicles that are otherwise well cared for. If you plan to keep your business trucks and vans in use for many years, then reducing the sun entering the car can keep that upholstery pristine.
Window tinting prevents those direct beams of sunlight and their harmful UV rays from bleaching your seat upholstery. Your fleet vehicles will retain their resale value and respectable appearance even with years of daily use and sunny parking spots.
Shattered Glass Protection
One interesting benefit of window tinting is that it provides an accidental safety feature. Because window tinting is a plastic film applied to the glass, it also acts as shatter protection. If one of your fleet vehicle windows is impacted or broken in an accident, your teams are less likely to be hit by glass shards. Instead, the glass pieces will stick to the window tinting film. This creates greater vehicle safety which can make a real difference for teams that are constantly traveling to clients and worksites.
Among the most minimal reasons to tint your business trucks and vans is that it will make your teams more comfortable. Drivers will see more clearly, but they will also have to don shades less often. Passengers will be able to enjoy afternoon travel without baking and squinting in the hot afternoon sun. Driving east in the morning and west in the afternoon will also be less problematic, as the tint will reduce the glare and help everyone enjoy the ride a little more.
Exceptional Fleet Appearance for Customer Appreciation
Last but not least is the improvement to your fleet’s visual appearance. When all your business vehicles look sleek and stylish, even the trucks and vans, this leaves an impression with your clients. Tinted business vehicles show that your team is using more than the bare-minimum in branded equipment. You’re customizing and optimizing, which is what clients like to see.
Your team may also get a morale boost as the “coolness factor” is not to be underestimated in employee enthusiasm. Having tinted windows can energize a team, and not just because they can see more comfortably in the vehicle. Tinting can make a team feel more effective and successfully competitive.
Is window tinting right for your company’s trucks or vans? Contact us today to explore your fleet tinting options and the benefits that tint can provide.