Automotive Window Film is one of the most effective ways to protect your vehicle and your family from the suns harmful rays.
Summer Road Trips
We work hard all year-long just to escape it all during our summer vacations. The anticipation of that week-long retreat is sweet.
And then…we pack the car with everything we own but the cat, ask the kids if they’ve got to use the bathroom for the thousandth time, and start the drive to bliss. Before long the temperatures start to rise, the kids start to annoy each other, and someone needs a bathroom break.
While we can’t resolve all your problems, we can make your road trip more pleasurable by reducing heat, glare and ultraviolet radiation exposure in your vehicle.
The Effects of the Sun on Your Car
As the sun’s energy enters our car as short-wave infrared radiation, it is absorbed by the car’s interior and converted into long-wave infrared radiation, heating the interior surfaces. Unfortunately, heat generated from this process cannot escape through the windows. This trapped heat causes our car’s internal temperature to rise.
Temperatures can reach a scorching 150 degrees Fahrenheit. The dashboard and steering wheel can reach 200 degrees! This heat robs your car of its moisture, stripping it of color and cracking its surfaces.
Another danger from the sun’s rays is glare. Glare from the sun reduces visibility and is one of the biggest contributing factors to early morning and late afternoon traffic accidents.
Filtering the amount of infrared radiation entering your car’s windows will help prevent interior temperatures from rising. Reducing glare increases visibility, reduces eyestrain and sun-related headaches.
The Effects of the Sun on You
The sun emits two types of harmful rays – UVA and UVB. These rays impact both your health and your vehicle.
Both UVA and UVB rays can cause premature aging, brown spots, wrinkles, skin thickening and sagging, and skin cancer. You can read more statistics on UV rays in this article “Truck Driver Face”.
Protect Yourself and Your Car from Solar Radiation
It makes sense that if the sun’s harmful rays are what is causing damage to your body and your vehicle, as well as turning it into an inferno, then blocking or filtering the sun’s undesirable rays is the and most effective solution.
Here are the top 3 options for blocking or filtering the sun:
Window Film: Window film blocks up to 65% and more of the sun’s heat and glare entering your car and 99% or more of harmful UV rays
Car Shade: Foil-backed shades can reduce temperatures by 8 degrees but, obviously, are only usable when the vehicle is parked.
Park in the Shade: Always preferable (even when you’ve installed Option #1 or #2) but not always attainable and therefore shouldn’t be our only solution.
Additional measures to help protect yourself and your car:
- Sunscreen: Broad-spectrum sunscreen – applied every 2 hours – will protect you and your loved ones from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Seat Covers: Seat covers will protect your leather or fabric seats while keeping them cooler to the touch.
- Protectants and Conditioners: Numerous commercial products are available to clean, revitalize and protect. If your seats and trim are leather, make sure to use specified conditioners to keep them moisturized against cracking and fading.
Take a deep breath, give the kids an iWhatever and a set of earphones, and turn on your favorite tunes. But before you do…schedule that appointment to have your windows tinted. You will be reducing your, and your loved ones, chances of skin cancer as well as providing them with a much more comfortable ride…which will lower everyone’s temperature.
Effectiveness of Sun Blocking Solutions
The following table summarizes the effectiveness of sun blocking solutions.
Learn More About Automotive Window Film
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