Car Door Windows Are Harming Your Skin

Posted: May 13 2016, 6:05am CDT | by , Updated: May 13 2016, 6:56am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Car Door Windows Don't Protect Against Harmful Sun Exposure
  • Car Door Windows Don't Protect Against Harmful Sun Exposure

It has been found that car side windows don’t offer any protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

It has been advised that people in vehicles ought to wear SPF lotion and sport shades on their eyes. This is to ward off the deleterious effects of the sun’s UV rays.

Apparently, the car’s side windows do not protect the driver or the passengers from the harmful rays. Windshields do offer some sort of resistance to the sun’s UV rays.

However, the side windows on the doors tend not to offer any protection whatsoever. The resulting exposure to the sun’s harmful rays leads to eye cataracts and wrinkles on the skin.

Some of the vehicles blocked less than half the harmful rays. This was cause for concern. In fact, even the cars that had tinted glasses did not offer any prophylaxis against the harmful rays of the sun.

While ultraviolet rays form just a small fraction of the sun’s rays, they are the worst kind and cause the most extensive damage to human health.

The sun especially harms the skin to the point where the chances of skin cancer are increased in the individual. These UV rays are powerful and penetrate to the deepest levels in human skin.

Since drivers are exposed to sunlight in cars, they tend to face an increased chance of contracting cataracts or skin cancer. UV rays may even penetrate clouds and glass.

Cars have been tested repeatedly regarding their ability to ward off UV rays. While windshields blocked more than 90% of the UV rays, the same could not be said about side windows. There the blockage was only 44%, according to Reuters.

The price tag of the car was not the issue here. The effect went across the board. Car side windows happen to be tempered glass. They offer little to no protection against the sun.

So the best advice to all the drivers and passengers is that just because they happen to be sitting in a car with the side windows closed, they ought not to think that they will be spared the deleterious effects of the sun’s UV rays.

For the eyes, a pair of Ray-Ban glasses would serve just fine. Wearing long-sleeve clothes would also protect the skin. Precaution is the best cure so people would be better off applying these safety standards against the sun’s rays.

The findings of this study got published online on May 12 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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