On the road, there is nothing like a clear, bright day. Unfortunately, the sun on your driver’s window can become a major risk. While the sun won’t show its impact overnight, years on the road can increase the risk of serious sun damage.
How Damaging Is the Sun?
Even with the glass between you and the sun, UVA rays can penetrate windows. Extended UVA ray exposure destroys the skin’s elastic fibers and creates deeper wrinkles. Additionally, as the sun breaks down your DNA, you carry a higher risk of skin cancer.
You should check your skin often. Look for skin spots, unusual freckles or spider veins. Sun damage can cause the skin to become thick and leathery in appearance. Watch out for texture changes to your skin.
Can You Protect Yourself?
You do not have to submit to sun damage. Since UVA rays can penetrate clouds, you should wear sunscreen all year round. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen because these sunscreens protect against all types of solar radiation. You should never start with less than an SPF 30. If possible, try to avoid the hours where the sun is at its peak. Since you can’t always avoid driving between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., try not to take walks or breaks in the sun during these hours.
Truck driver sun damage is a real risk to all truckers. To avoid it, you need to take extra precautions and monitor your skin’s health often.