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Don’t Let the Sunshine In: Protecting Yourself From the Sun While Driving

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Posted: 11/06/2013 at 3:10 AM   /   by   /   comments (0)

windowDriving with the sun shining directly in your face isn’t just annoying; it is also dangerous. Direct sunlight, which comes with ultraviolet rays, can cause skin cancer over long periods of exposure. The sun’s glare has also caused momentary blindness to many drivers, leading to vehicular accidents.

To protect yourself from the damaging rays of the sun, here are some tips that you should remember:

Apply sunscreen

Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Apply an ample amount to your face, neck, arms, and hands about half an hour before driving. As UV rays can pass through the window glass, your sunscreen should contain a combination of UV-blocking components such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, stabilized avobenzone, and ecamsule (MexorylTM).   

Tint your windows

While window tinting can enhance the look of your car, it also has some practical purposes. Apart from reducing your exposure to UV rays, window tints are also useful for protecting your eyes from the sun’s glare. Before looking for a specialist who can install tints on your car windows, check the law in your state regarding the allowable percentage of tint. Deal only with a reliable tint provider to ensure quality work. When properly installed, your window tints can help keep your car’s interior cool for a long time while blocking out as much as 99% of the sun’s UV rays.

Wear protective clothing

Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants is a great idea. Apart from these, you should also wear sunglasses and hats with about 3 inches of brim to shield your eyes against radiation and glare. Hats are especially useful for men with thinning hair and who have the potential to develop cancer on the skin on top of their heads.

Even while you’re inside the car, the sun can still do damage to your skin and affect your vision. So before driving on the open road, make sure that you’re protected from the harmful rays.