Driving long haul routes from sun up to sundown to deliver America’s goods is business as usual for the country’s 3.5 million truck drivers. In fact, America’s professional men and women truckers log close to 724 billion miles annually, and, according to the TruckingTruth.com industry website, they can spend up to 11 consecutive hours on the road exposed to harmful UV rays through their truck’s cab windows.
In recognition of the American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 10-16, 2017, we’re encouraging trucking companies and independent truckers to have professionally installed window film applied to their truck windows to block these invisible, but dangerous UV rays.
Harmful ultraviolet (UVA) rays contribute to premature aging and skin cancer, and can penetrate through unprotected glass – whether it’s a sunny day or not. In fact, there have been numerous reports of higher than average rates of skin cancer in the U.S. on the left side of the face and arm, also known as the “driver’s side”. (This is according to an article published by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology that pointed to driver-side UVA exposure as a likely contributor to the disease).
Truckers take breaks and stay hydrated in order to keep safe while on the road, but many don’t realize the long-term, cumulative effect of UV rays coming through their cab windows. The same applies to any of us who spend time driving in our cars. A professional installation of window film can block up to 99 percent of UV rays from coming through the glass, reduce the risk of skin cancer, and protect trucker’s eyes as well.
In fact, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) clarification to safety regulations relating to a truck’s window visibility now allows the use of compliant ‘clear’ window films with a minimum 70 percent visibility rating to be installed on the front side windows on big rigs.
Window film that is professionally installed can be done in a few hours and is budget friendly. Additional benefits include a reduction in glare, more even interior temperatures inside the vehicle, and a margin of safety in that window film helps to hold glass together if it is impacted.
In recognition of the hard work that they do each day delivering essential goods and keeping our economy going, please join the IWFA in encouraging the professional installation of window film as an easy safeguard to help protect the truckers who keep this country moving forward.
To learn more about how to better protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays while on the road or at home, be sure to download and read the IWFA's Consumer Guide to Automotive Window Film e-Booklet and Beauty Inside & Out e-Booklet. To find professionally accredited window film installers near you, visit the IWFA website at Find An Installer.