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Wed, 06/28/2017 - 09:25 -- sdukbewiser

Driving during heatwaves puts you at a greater risk of skin damage and cancer, even with the windows closed

Wed, 28/06/2017
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Driving during heatwaves puts you at a greater risk of skin damage and cancer, even with the windows closed

Motorists who don't use the appropriate sun protection whilst driving are putting themselves at risk of skin damage, even if they are driving with the windows up. Glass does not protect from the harmful UV rays of the sun, and therefore it’s important to still wear sun cream.

Rob Hull, The Mail Online, reports:

Tests have revealed that long-term exposure to the sun while driving can lead to wrinkles, leathering, sagging, brown 'age' spots and even skin cancer because glass used in side and rear windows of cars offer little to no UVA protection.

To show the damaging effects the sun can have on motorists, comparison website Confused used UV photo technology to compare the impact on a driver's skin who does use sun protection and one who doesn't.

With temperatures soaring above 30c in the last three days - the longest heatwave in Britain for 20 years - motorists are being warned that not wearing sun cream during these excessively hot periods could put their skin at danger.

The comparison site and skin-cancer charity Melanoma UK highlighted research in the US that showed the side of the body next to a window received up to six times the dose of ultraviolet radiation compared to the shaded side.

That's because side and rear windows in vehicles will only protect your skin from the UVB rays that cause skin reddening and sunburn, unlike windscreens that block both UVB and deeper-penetrating UVA.

To showcase the ruinous impact on our skin, two drivers - one who does wear sun protection and another who doesn't - had their skin photographed by high-tech UV cameras.

A doctor carried out in-depth skin examinations on both sets of photos, finding pre-cancerous cells on the right forearm of a van driver from South Wales who admitted to rarely using sun cream.

On the flip side, Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused who regularly uses cosmetics containing SPF, had little to no sun damage when her images were examined by a professional.

This new research highlighted the damaging impact that the sun can have on drivers' skin when they don't use appropriate protection - something many Britons are unaware of or simply ignoring, even when temperatures reach sweltering highs experienced this week.

In a survey of 2,000 UK drivers, four in five said that they have never been concerned about skin damage while travelling in a car on a sunny day and 53 per cent were entirely unaware that this can occur even when the car windows are closed.

In addition, one in seven drivers don't apply protective lotion at all when they're inside a car or out in the sun when the weather is nice.

The poll also found that 26 per cent have suffered from sunburn while driving and 13 per cent claim to have rolled their windows down to top-up their tan on the move.

More concerning was that 14 per cent have stuck their right arm or 'another body part' out of the window to get better tan, with almost a third of these sun worshippers having an accident or near miss as a result.

Whenever you’re in the sun, whether that’s driving or not, it’s important to protect yourself from the sun with a sun cream that has a suitable level of protection.

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