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Window Tinting is Essential for Reducing Risk of Sun Damage

Car DriverStay safe while you drive with quality window tinting for your car

You wear sunscreen when you work in the yard and cover up at the beach, but what are you doing to protect your skin while you’re driving? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetimes, and much of that can be attributed to sun exposure in the car.

Your Skin, the Sun and Your Car

Sunlight is made up of both long-wave UVA rays and short-wave UVB rays. UVB, which is implicated in the kind of upper-level skin damage that leads to cancer, is effectively filtered out by automotive glass. However, 90% of the rays from the sun are UVA rays, the kind that contribute to skin aging and cause cumulative damage that may trigger cancer development.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US, and studies have shown that the left-hand side of the body is where cancerous cells show up in most Americans. This is likely due to the fact that the side windows of cars expose drivers to 63% of the UVA rays that enter the vehicle. The neck and shoulders are also common areas for skin cancer development.

You might not notice damage to your skin right away, but the more you drive around without any kind of protection, the more unhealthy sun exposure you get. Damage may show in the form of discoloration, wrinkles or cancerous lesions.

Keeping the Rays Out

What can you do to keep yourself and your family safe in the car? The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends investing in window tinting film. One study showed a 93% reduction in skin cell death when film was applied, a significant decrease considering the fact that the left side of the body receives six times more UVA rays than the right side while driving. Gray window tints have been shown to be especially effective, reducing UVA rays to 0.9%. Other types of tints appear to allow 3.8 times less UVA into the car than plain glass. Some states have laws that regulate the amount and type of tint that can be used, so be sure to check before having your car windows treated.

When you invest in automotive window film from Sunbusters Window Tinting Limited, you get protection from 99.9% of harmful UV rays. Contact us for more information about our quality window films. We serve the Austin area, helping improve driving and living conditions to keep families healthy in their cars and at home.

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