High Percentage of Commuters Unaware of Cancer-Causing Sun Rays While Driving

Source: Yahoo! Finance, July 2020

The International Window Film Association (IWFA), conducted a national survey asking; ‘When a car’s windows are closed are you safe from the sun’s UVA rays?’ and nearly one in four of the 500 respondents erroneously believe they are safe from the sun’s harmful UVA rays that may often lead to skin cancers, that most frequently develop on the left side, or driver’s side, of the face and upper arm.

A separate survey of drivers revealed 57 percent do not have window film tint installed on the side windows of their vehicles and of these drivers, 60 percent have no plans to have window film tint installed. The surveys, conducted in late-June 2020, each garnered over 500 responses and were both gender and age balanced based on US Census data targeting individuals ages 30 and over. Each survey had a margin of error of 4 percent.

“The surprise here is that while approximately 75 percent of drivers are aware of the sun’s harmful UVA rays passing through unprotected glass into their cars, almost 60 percent of drivers are responding by ‘sticking their head in the sand’ as they have no window film tint on their cars, and 60 percent of these unprotected drivers have no plans to have it installed,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “What they are doing is allowing the inevitable damage to their skin and it’s like driving in a tanning bed on wheels,” added Smith.