Among the advantages of driving in one’s own vehicle is bypassing altogether the hassles of booking trips and falling in lines just to use public transport. However, the convenience of driving also comes with its own set of hazards, as several studies have already found strong links between driving in vehicles insufficiently protected from the sun’s rays and susceptibility to skin cancer among motorists. An article featured in the Skin Cancer Foundation’s website provided further details on the matter:
The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is associated with most cases of skin cancer, which will affect one in five Americans over a lifetime. UV radiation reaches us in the form of shortwave UVB and long-wave UVA rays, but glass blocks only UVB effectively. Although car windshields are partially treated to filter out UVA, the side windows let in about 63 percent of the sun’s UVA radiation; rear windows are also unprotected, leaving back seat passengers exposed.
These results were sourced from a paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. This particular study uncovered that over half of skin cancer incidences in the United States manifest on the left section of the body, which is also known as the driver’s side. Indeed, there is increasing agreement among dermatologists and other medical experts that UVA radiation entering car windows unimpeded causes significant skin disorders—including cancer—among drivers and passengers over time.
While these findings appear to make driving look like a more dangerous prospect than usual, state-of-the-art products from Lansing, MI window tinting firms can actually help with this issue. Window tint is designed to drastically reduce the amount of UVA radiation that reaches the vehicle’s interior to negligible levels. Aside from the obvious health benefits, tinting mitigates the effects of wear and tear on fabrics and leather, thus providing long-term savings on maintenance costs by extending the service lifetime of upholstery.
Apart from motorists and vehicle passengers, tinting firms such as Design Rides can also provide the aforementioned benefits to corporate clients as these professionals can apply business window tint for Michigan buildings. In addition to alleviating fears of skin cancer, tint can give an additional layer of protection for vital company files and property since darkened windows prevent the possibility of spying by outside observers.
(Source: Sun Safety in Cars, Skin Cancer Foundation)