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Protect Yourself In A Car


A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that nearly 53 percent of skin cancers in the US occur on the left—the driver’s—side of the body, meaning they could be related to UV exposure when you’re in your car.

In addition to applying sunscreen, follow these sun protection steps:

  • Cover your head and neck.
  • Avoid riding/driving in a convertible with the top off or with an open sunroof; close the sunroof shield during daytime driving.
  • Avoid resting your arm on an open window, whether you’re the driver or a passenger.
  • Consider having protective window film applied to your car windows. While windshields are partially treated to filter out UVA, side windows let in about 63 percent of this radiation.
  • Know that rear windows are unprotected, too, leaving back seat passengers exposed. Specially treated window film screens out nearly 100% of UV rays without affecting visibility. 

Remember that the protection is there only when the car windows are closed.

Resource: The Skin Cancer Foundation