One of the main selling points of car window tinting is its promise to provide an extra layer (literally) of protection for the vehicle’s passengers when driving. More than being a way of ensuring to avoid accidents by reducing glare, and giving additional security it provides in the event of a road accident, window tints really give protection to your health without you realizing it.
Did you know that the sun is one of the major factors that affects your health? It is especially harsh to your body when you’re are exposed under it over longer periods of time. Backed up by the World Heath Organization, the sun damages your skin and your eyes more than you’ll ever assume.
Majority of people often disregard the harmful effects of the sun to their health because of lack of knowledge, or because they tend to neglect sun protection. Well, in fact, the sun’s harmful rays are the culprit of some of the most notorious medical issues today, such as skin cancer, various immune system issues, and eye problems. Some even believe the misconception that they are protected as long as they are under some shade, inside their vehicle, for example.
The truth is, light bounces and reflects, and it can reach you while you are on the driver seat or passenger seat of your car. What’s worse is that people fail to realize that driving for hours is considered a prolonged exposure to sunlight, regardless whether they can feel the heat or not, even if it is snowy or cloudy that day.
As reported by the Skin Cancer Foundation, the ultraviolet radiation can travel through car windows, where it can contribute to the daily accumulation of sun exposure that can lead prematurely aged skin, or far worse—skin cancer. Studies have shown that people who drive a lot are more prone to skin cancer and other skin problems on the driver’s side of their body. “Long-time drivers are found to have rougher, more pigmented skin with greater solar damage on their driver’s side,” Dr. Albert Kligman, a professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School said. Records reveal that approximately 130,000 cases of skin cancer or Melanomas occur around the world each year. It is worth noting that mortality rates in fair-skinned populations have larger numbers compared to darker skinned population. It is estimated that at least 66,0000 die because of this specific kind of cancer.
Moreover, the sun’s UV rays can take toll on the driver’s vision too. According to the WHO, this can affect the eyes too, which sometimes can lead to blindness, due to cataracts. An estimated 20% of those who became blind because of Cataract caused or enhanced by prolonged sun exposure and UV rays.
Aside from these medical threats, More and more studies are coming with validated data that proves high levels of UV ray exposure can suppress cell-mediated immunity, which can effectively weaken the body’s natural shield from viruses, bacteria and other diseases. The WHO also reports that prolonged sun exposure may enhance the risk of infection with viral, bacterial, parasitic or fungal infections, which has been demonstrated in a variety of animal models.
Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may also reduce the effectiveness of vaccines, especially to babies and toddlers. Since many vaccine-preventable diseases are extremely infectious, any factor that results in even a small decrease in vaccine efficacy can have a major impact on public health.
So, does tinting your car windows and windshield make a difference?
Think of window tints as sunblock—not for your skin, but for your vehicle. Which makes it double protection for you, as the driver or passenger. It is a proven and known fact that UV-blocking films can not only protect you against this exposure, which can protect your skin. The shading that window tint provides is also good for your eye health. You’ll have improved vision and ability to see all around you. This means less eyestrain and eye fatigue when you’re driving in bright sunlight. Since car window tints can reduce the heat inside your car by as much as 60%, this lessens the possibility of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, especially during the warmer days.
In the end, car tinting is a long term investment for you and your family’s health in the long run. It is an investment worthy of your protection and your peace of mind.