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Whether you are learner driver or an experienced motorist, you can email any driving-related question to info@wycombedrivingschool.co.uk and you will receive a personal response from Wycombe Driving School boss Audrey Wixon, pictured. The best questions and answers will be published on this website anonymously.

Audrey is a DSA ADI; DIAmond, IAM and RoSPA Gold Advanced Driver; Fleet Trainer; Observer for Institute of Advanced Motorists; & National Standard cycling instructor

Audrey Wixon - manager of Wycombe Driving School
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What is the law on tinted car windows?

Q: I hate driving past cars with tinted windows when they are waiting to pull out of side roads because I can't see if the drivers have seen me. What is the law on tinted glass?

a tinted car window A: The law states that car windscreens must allow at least 75 per cent of light through, and the front side windows at least 70 per cent. The restrictions are part of the Road Vehicles Construction and Use Regulations 1986.

Excessively tinted glass can affect a driver's ability to see properly, particularly at night. The MoT test doesn't check tinted glass but opacity meters are used at police spot checks to determine if tints are illegal. If they are, then insurance would be invalid.

The tints are often stick-on films, which the manufacturers claim will hold shattered glass together in the event of an accident. They also promote the fact that they provide privacy and block out the sun's harmful UV rays. However, many drivers get their car windows tinted just because they think it looks cool. Go figure!
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Wycombe Driving School - for driving lessons in High Wycombe and surrounding areas - including Amersham, Beaconsfield, Marlow, Hazlemere, Stokenchurch and Princes Risborough. We offer successful, structured driving lessons, providing free theory test software and lesson handouts. Male and female driving instructors are available, providing both manual and automatic driving lessons.