You may have considered getting your car’s windows tinted because you like the increased privacy, or because you want to protect your upholstery from fading. But did you know that window tint can also benefit your health? Here are some ways having good-quality window tint installed can keep you healthy.

Protects Against Skin Cancer

The sun streaming through your car window is made up of ultraviolet rays that can damage skin over time. This can lead to prematurely aged skin, or far worse—skin cancer. Studies have shown that people who drive a lot are more prone to skin cancer and other skin problems on the driver’s side of their body. Dr. Albert Kligman, a professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, said this: “Long-time drivers are found to have rougher, more pigmented skin with greater solar damage on their driver’s side.” The good news is that the film used to tint car windows can reduce these harmful UV rays by up to 99%. This is an important precaution to take, especially if you spend a lot of time on the road.

Other Health Benefits

In addition to protecting your skin, window tint can help keep you comfortable and healthy in other ways, too. Tint can reduce the heat inside your car by as much as 60%. This helps prevent overheating and heatstroke without needing to run your air conditioner as much, which saves gas—and is therefore good for both the environment and your wallet. The shading that window tint provides is also good for your eye health. You’ll have improved vision and ability to see all around you. This means less eyestrain and eye fatigue when you’re driving in bright sunlight.

Safety

Besides the benefits above, window tinting can also help you stay safe in the event of a collision. The tint film is attached to the window with adhesive, and this serves as a bonding agent for the window glass if something causes it to break. The small shards of glass will have more chance of staying together, reducing injury to the driver and passengers. In some cases, the tint film may even provide a barrier that’s enough to keep a person from going through the window.