Viral TikTok car hack could earn you points on your driving license and a £100 fine

A VIRAL TikTok video showing a quick and easy way to tint your car’s windows could get you fined.

Video posted by louisb21 shows a car window being tinted with maple syrup and charcoal toothpaste.

louisb21 has 1.4 million followers on TikTok


louisb21 has 1.4 million followers on TikTokPhoto Credit: TikTok-louisb21

It has since been viewed by six million people and has been tagged with hashtags like #lifehacks.

But while the result is surprisingly good, you’re tinting your windows too much can result in three points on your driving licence, a £100 fine or even a trip to court.

The website states that for vehicles first used on or after 1 April 1985: ‘The windscreen shall transmit at least 75% of the light and the front side windows shall transmit at least 70% of the light.

“(For) vehicles first used before April 1, 1985, both the windscreen and the front side windows must transmit at least 70% of the light.”

Tinted windows are assessed by police using light meters that shine light through the glass and determine how strong the tint is.

If the glass is deemed too tinted, it could result in “a ban on using your vehicle on the road until you remove the extra tinting,” or “a fine or subpoena.”

Comparison site MoneySupermarket says 7% of all car modification inquiries on their auto insurance site are related to tinted windows.

It warns that there are some other popular cars modifications this can also be accompanied by a fine or a court case.

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Likewise, fitting a nitrous oxide system to your car to make it go faster not only risks an engine explosion but also entails a hefty fine of £1000 for cars and £2500 for a van, lorry or bus.

And while putting a spoiler on the back of your car isn’t illegal, it can’t be too big and it needs to be fitted properly. The police have the right to remove it if this is not the case. Viral TikTok car hack could earn you points on your driving license and a £100 fine

Fry Electronics Team

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