The majority of the population (if the not its entirety) is pretty aware of the importance of applying sunblock or sunscreen when going to the beach. But did you know that it’s just as important to protect your skin from sun exposure when driving?
Adults and teens generally spend a great amount of time behind the wheel. Whether you’re on the way to school or work, or you’re going to your kids’ soccer practice, you’re exposing your skin to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Here are some things to consider about keeping the sun out of your way.
UV Ray Exposure Explained
Both UVA and UVB rays are harmful to a certain degree. The most common forms of skin cancer are caused by UVB radiation. It is also the main culprit behind sunburns. On a lighter note, UVB rays also give you a suntan in addition to the vital vitamin D.
UVB rays cause direct damage to DNA, whereas UVA rays trigger secondary damage by turning up levels of oxidation. Even though glass can usually filter out the majority of harmful rays, the detrimental effects are still there. In fact, both types of UV rays are still transmitted into glass at differing rates.
Serious Health Issues
When your vehicle is exposed to the sun long enough, UV rays can certainly burn through glass. According to several medical studies, the high amount of harmful UV rays drivers are exposed to regularly may not exactly cause skin redness/sunburn, but it could lead to an even worse issue: skin cancer.
Constant exposure to the sun can cause the development of melanoma, which is the most common and fatal form of skin cancer. Some other forms of skin cancer that can form include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
Effects of the Type of Glass on Your Car
The type of glass you have installed on your vehicle plays a major role in keeping you away from experiencing health issues. About 75% of UVA rays are generally blocked by regular glass. That may look like a high value, but you still have the other quarter percentage to worry about, along with UVB rays.
Installing window tints can significantly decrease the entry of detrimental rays and even completely eliminate the transmittance of UVA rays. Some window tint shades will block out more rays than others.
Sunscreen Isn’t Enough
You can call window tints a security measure, meant for more than just keep your belongings and car furniture safe. At Team Acme, you can choose from several types of window tint films including the SunTek Carbon line, which offers high-end results with the use of a non-reflective “black” finish that won’t fade.
Or, you can opt for the CarbonXP line, which also holds a unique carbon technology. Most importantly, you can stay protected with superior heat, infrared and UV rejection for maximum comfort.
Avoid Sun Damage
Although the chances of getting sunburn while driving are slim, it’s not worth putting your health at risk. So contact Team Acme today and we’ll be more than happy to help you choose which window tint would work best with your vehicle.