The Dangers of Driving Without Window Tint

July 07, 2016

We all know the damage the sun can cause to our skin. UV rays from the sun can age us quicker, lead to cataracts and even skin cancer. None of those things are worth having simply because we did not prepare ourselves to defend against the sun. If we had a dollar for every time we’ve mentioned that our window film is capable of blocking out 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, we’d have a lot of dollars. However, it’s not enough to just say it and try to warn people about the effects brought on by the sun. Thanks to recent studies and research, we now know why it is Americans are more likely to develop skin cancers on the left side of their body.

Take the Hint, It’s Time to Tint -

Whether you realize it or not, every time you get into your car, you’re fielding ultraviolet UV radiation through the windows and windshield. Although all the windows in your car offer some protection, not all the windows are created equal — which may result in skin damage you’ve never even thought about, according to a new study published in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Since the UV protection of cars in the United States differs across models, studies measured the radiation entering vehicles through the windshield and the driver-side windows in 29 automobiles from 15 automobile manufacturers. The cars dated from 1990 to 2014, with an average make year of 2010.

As it turns out, a car’s windshield seems to block roughly 96% of the UV radiation while you’re driving, whereas the car’s side windows block only around 71%of those damaging rays. Only 14% of cars (four out of 29) had side windows that shielded more than 90% of UV radiation.

Dermatologist Orit Markowitz, MD, director of Skin Cancer and Pigmented Lesions at Mount Sinai Hospital, has also noticed the trend in left-side skin issues. “Cars are better equipped today than they were years ago to block some of the harmful rays,” she tells Yahoo Beauty. “But there is a clear history of driver versus passenger [skin damage] for many patients, affecting the location of their skin cancers and photo damage.”*

The Best in the Business -

At Ziebart, we use the best window films available. We have recently introduced our latest film, the Nano Ceramic Performance Series, to remain ahead of the game. Any option from our window film selection possesses the following attributes:

  • Provides 99% ultraviolet ray protection
  • Reduce road glare by up to 90%
  • Custom fitting
  • No bubbling
  • No cracking
  • No fading
  • No color change
  • Lifetime guarantee

For the past 57 years, we’ve made it our mission to provide our customers with the best in automotive appearance and protection services. Window film is one of those services. Stay cool, add a custom look, and don’t worry about the damages brought on by the sun while driving.

Check out your local Ziebart today for our window film selection! 

Jenna Birch. May, 2016.

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