Many people choose car window tinting because it looks good and adds privacy, but automotive window film is also a smart choice for the health and safety of your skin. A study published by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology showed that nearly 53% of skin cancers in the U.S. occur on the left, or drivers’ side of the body, which may result from exposure to UV rays while driving a car.
How Sun Damage Occurs While Driving
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the average American driver spends close to 300 hours a year behind the wheel. Combine that with how many hours we also spend as passengers, and the need for adding UV protection to your vehicle to protect yourself, your family and your passengers becomes clear.
Sun damage in your skin is caused by two main types of ultraviolet (UV) rays, UVB and UVA. UVB rays cause sunburn, and fortunately, they are blocked fairly well by automotive glass. UVA rays, however, cause tanning, skin aging and wrinkles, and they are not blocked by glass. In some vehicles, windshields may be treated to block UVA rays, but side, back and sunroofs very rarely are. Exposure to either or both types of UV rays over time can lead to skin cancer.
3M Window Film Blocks UV Rays
Jim Luck, owner of Window Tint USA in Pompano Beach, Florida, is often asked, “Does window tint block UV rays?” and “What’s the best UV protection window tinting?” His answer always includes 3MTM Window Film.
UV blocking window tint, also called UV blocking window film, is an excellent solution for adding UV protection to your vehicle. 3M Automotive Window Film blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV protectant providing up to 1000 SPF.
3M Window Films come in a number of options, and when installed by a 3M Authorized Dealer Installer like Window Tint USA, they are durable, virtually maintenance-free and backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Choose Your Style and Comfort
The best window film for your vehicle will depend on what your needs and top priorities are.
3M’s Color Stable Series offers rich, nano-carbon tints in four different levels that block UV rays, reject up to 57% the solar energy that heats up your car, and significantly reduce glare. It is non-metallized so it won’t interfere with cellphone, GPS or satellite signals, and it never turns purple like some films do.
If blocking heat and reducing the feel of the sun on your skin is a major factor for you, you may want to consider 3M’s Ceramic IR Series. In addition to blocking 99% of UV rays, this ceramic window film rejects up to 66% of total solar energy and up to 95% of infrared heat rejection for optimal thermal comfort. It’s available in six tint levels to meet your needs and style.
What about clear UV window tint? If you like the clean and clear factory look of untinted windows, 3M’s Crystalline Series offers UV protection and solar heat reduction in a crystal clear film that doesn’t change the look of your car. This innovative film offers 99% UV protection, 60% solar heat reduction and 97% infrared heat rejection.
In addition to protecting you and your passengers from UV rays, 3M Window Films also protect the interior of your car from sun damage that causes fading and cracking. Want to protect the paint, too? Learn how automotive paint protection keeps your car looking new.
Consult with a Professional
If you’re in the Pompano Beach / Miami area and you’re concerned about UV protection for yourself and your passengers, consult with the professionals at Window Tint USA. For more information or an estimate on automotive window film, contact Window Tint USA at 954-960-0212 or visit www.windowtintusafl.com.