Would you wear a hat while driving?

Most drivers feel well-protected from the sun, but many do not realise that although a car's clear side windows block most of the UV-B radiation which causes sunburns, they only filter out about 37% of UV-A radiation which penetrates more deeply into the skin, causing premature ageing and wrinkling, and can lead to skin cancer.

Window tinting is a popular option to increase the level of protection but this practice isn't encouraged by the RACV. Their article on tinting raises questions on it's effect on UV radiation, heat and glare, and highlights safety issues when driving with the darkened glass.

And given the beautiful weather we have here in Australia, who would blame some drivers for preferring to drive with the windows wound down, which reduces the in-car UV protection even further?


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