Harmful rays from the sun can pass through car windows & the windscreen putting drivers at risk
Motorists in the UK are being warned about the dangers of driving in hot weather and how they could be risking skin damage without even realising it.
According to new research, drivers are at risk and are more likely to be damaged down their right-hand side because this is the area that’s most exposed to the sun’s rays.
Confused.com alongside the skin cancer charity Melanoma UK, conducted an experiment and can now reveal why drivers are at risk of skin damage.
Dr. Christian Aldridge, a leading dermatologist and representative from Melanoma UK, claims that glass does not protect you from the sun’s rays and from UV radiation, a bit like the clouds in the sky.
Therefore, these rays can pass through car windows (even when closed) and the windscreen, putting drivers at risk of asymmetrical sun damage.
According to one study, the side of the body close to the window can be hit with six times the amount of UV radiation in comparison the other side that’s sat in the shade.
And through their research, it was discovered that many drivers have no idea about the dangers of these harmful rays coming from the sun whilst driving – 49% said they were oblivious to the dangers.
Moreover, 20% of those who responded to the study confessed to suffering from sunburn whilst behind the wheel.
The study found that a lot of motorists in the UK don’t think to protect themselves from the possible damage that could be caused by harmful rays, with around one fifth (19%) saying they’d never applied an SPF to their skin.
This is despite the fact that studies have shown that long-term exposure to the sun whilst behind the wheel can cause wrinkles, sagging and leathering of the skin, as well as possible skin cancers.
Drivers in the UK are being warned of the potential to cause harm to their skin when driving during the hot spell of weather.
“We have been very fortunate to have had some warm weather the past few weeks, but many drivers don’t realise they could burn even through the windows of their car,” said Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com adding: “Our experiment highlights how important it is to apply sun cream in this weather, especially if you’re a frequent or commercial driver.”
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