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Remote Start, Window Tinting, & Car Safety

How To Safely Use Your New Remote Car Starter and Choose the Best Car Window Tint


Now that you have your new remote car starter, warming up or cooling off your car is one less thing to worry about. However, in a world where accidents are so common, it’s important to practice using your remote start safely, and keep your keys out of the hands of little ones.


Stay Safe Behind the Wheel


Safety in the driver’s seat is extremely important and luckily newer models of cars have implemented many safety and technology features like smartphone integration, remote start, collision avoidance and backup cameras to help prevent accidents. But unfortunately, your nifty keyless ignition system can create accidental injuries if you aren’t careful.


Benefits of Having a Car Remote Starter


Remote start is one of those things you don’t know you need until you have it. There are several advantages that come with remote start installation, so it’s no surprise that this handy feature is quickly gaining popularity.


  • Remote start allows you to start your car from any location, letting you stay comfortable in your home while your car heats or cools to the right temperature. Especially in the San Diego summer, you’ll be glad you installed your remote start when your car is already cool before you get in.


  • With remote start, it’s easier to navigate back to your car in a crowded parking lot. Save time by finding your vehicle quickly. (Hint: It’s the one that started up with no one in it!)


  • Installing a car remote starter keeps you feeling safe and your vehicle protected. You can buy systems with additional features, like car alarms and other in-car security technology that prevent your car from being hotwired.


  • Remote start can also connect with your smartphone, giving you the power in the palm of your hand to monitor the location and status of your vehicle.


Remote Start Safety


Having a car remote starter is extremely beneficial, however, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Remote car starters come with several flaws and if you aren’t careful, can cause serious injuries and accidents.


  • Carbon monoxide is the No. 1 reason for these accidents. When you start your car in a closed garage, this can expose you to carbon monoxide poisoning, which can lead to death. That being said, it's important that you always move your vehicle outside of the garage before starting it, or at least open your garage door.


  • Starting your car is just a button away, so it’s important to leave your keys somewhere where your remote starter won’t accidentally be pushed. If you’re a parent, be extra cautious about where you leave your keys, as your child may accidentally start your car without you knowing.


  • Make sure to not leave your car running unattended. Because you no longer have to remove the key from the ignition, it becomes more likely that you forget to completely turn your car off or put it in park. This could not only result in a break-in or stolen items, but also your car could roll away, eventually hurting someone.

The Federal Manufacturer Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) has a mandate that a vehicle’s key cannot be removed until the engine is off and the car is in park. However, this doesn’t apply to cars with keyless ignition systems, like remote start.


Tinting the Windows of Your Car


There are several benefits that come along with window tinting, like making your car look more luxurious, protecting your belongings, and enhancing your safety.


  • Window tint installation prevents others from being able to see into the interior of your car, protecting your wallet or any electronics you may have left in your car while you run inside.


  • Window tinting also stops your car windows from being completely shattered, should you face an unfortunate situation like a break-in or car crash.

  • Window tint can even help keep your car’s interior in better condition, as the sun’s UV rays damage plastics used in your dashboard, console, and other parts of your vehicle.

Window Tinting Safety


Like remote start, window tinting also comes with some disadvantages and faults that could cause accidents if it’s not installed properly.


  • Window tinting can actually contribute to accidents if it affects the visibility of the driver. Because tint is reflective, it reduces glare and heat, but it’s important that it isn’t more reflective than an ordinary window. If driving at night or in poor weather conditions, window tint can make it more difficult for the driver to see.

  • Window tint doesn’t only affect the driver and can put those outside of the vehicle at risk also. Reflective tint can increase the glare from the sun for other drivers.

To prevent these, always work with a professional window tinting service, like Stereo Depot, to ensure your window tint is safe and legal.


Remote Start Installation Near You


If you’re interested in remote start or window tinting installation, let our trained professionals at Stereo Depot handle it safely. Even once your service is complete, we’ll still be there to help you with how to operate your new feature or any other additional questions you may have.


Visit us at 6445 El Cajon Blvd in San Diego, or 1149 Broadway in El Cajon. If you have any additional questions, send us a message on our website, and we’ll get back to you quickly.