For about 250 days or more per year, the hot Texan sun beats down mercilessly on people and vehicles alike. That brutal heat can be dangerous for more than just your paint job. The interior of your vehicle can also be greatly damaged by excessive exposure to UV rays unless you have proper window film professionally installed to protect your seats and other vehicle interior surfaces.
The cost of repairing this damage can mount up quickly, especially if you have leather seats or high-end interior finishes or if your vehicle has extensive damage from the sun.
While many people believe that glass itself blocks UV rays, this is not strictly true. It only blocks UVB rays and allows the majority of UVA rays to pass straight through. However, the amount of UV rays that pass through glass can vary based on the type of glass: clear, reflective or tinted.
Both UVA and UVB rays can wreak havoc on your car’s interior, causing cracking and fading in the dashboard, on seats and in the headliner. Once peeling starts, it can be difficult if not impossible to bring the interior back to its former beauty without replacement or extensive (and expensive!) repairs.
While windshields are often fabricated with built-in protection from both UVA and UVB rays, side and rear windows are most often made with clear, non-laminated glass which allows the majority of the UVA rays to pass through.
Have you ever noticed that when you’re driving your vehicle a great deal, you end up with a better tan or more freckles on the left-hand side of your body, the side that is exposed through your driver’s side window? This isn’t your imagination. Unfortunately, it is a side effect of the poor UVA blocking ability of the window.
Something else you may not want to think about: UVA rays are the ones that cause wrinkles and cancer. Even though you may wear sunscreen at all times when you’re out in the sun, do you wear it while you’re driving? If you’re like most people, probably not. Professionally installed auto window tint will provide UV protection for you, your family and even pets!
While there are a lot of challenges to keeping both yourself and your vehicle safe from the damaging effects of the sun, there are some tactics that will help, such as:
At Executive Motorsports, we are dedicated to keeping our customers safe both on and off the road. When you are ready to learn more about window tinting or applying a Clear Bra application to protect your vehicle, contact us at 713-467-7000.