WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Last year more than 42 million Americans traveled by car during the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA, and with gasoline prices reaching a seven-year low this November, the highways should again be jammed with road-trippers. In addition to the usual pre-trip automobile safety checks (tires, brakes, oil), the International Window Film Association ( IWFA) advises drivers to take the precaution of adding professionally installed window film to protect automobile occupants and interiors from the dangers of UV rays.
The Sun's Hidden DamageWhile the sun may feel pleasant to motorists as it streams through the car's windows on a blustery winter day, many drivers are unaware of the sun's harmful UV rays, which can be damaging to the skin and eyes, especially with prolonged exposure over time. UV light passes right through unprotected side and rear windows, potentially harming automobile travelers as they battle stop-and-go traffic on the way to their destinations. Moreover, window film protects eyes and skin from the cumulative effects of UV rays, which the U.S. Surgeon General has called a 'known carcinogen.' To prevent the damage caused by the sun, the IWFA recommends professionally installed window film for all automobiles. Window film filters 99 percent of the sun's UV rays, compared to untreated windows, which block only 25 percent of UV rays.