A Driving Problem in the Fleet Industry
Nearly 53% of all skin cancers in the U.S. occur on the left side of the body — the driver’s side — with overwhelming estimates that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime from melanoma and other skin cancers caused by the sun’s damaging rays. With truck drivers spending up to 11 hours a day behind the wheel, they are constantly exposed to the sun’s dangerous UV rays streaming through unprotected cabin side windows. As a fleet manager, you have been able to do very little to protect your drivers from dangerous sun exposure. Until now.
An Effective Solution
Thankfully, a clarification from the Department of Transportation now clearly allows the installation of UV protectant window film on side windows of trucks weighing over 26,001 pounds. The International Window Film Association (IWFA) issued a letter stating:
“The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has permitted the use of ‘clear’ window films on the front side windows of large trucks in use in the United States. This is a tremendous step forward in helping to protect the health and safety of the American truck driver.”
Fleet managers who take action to protect their drivers from the dangers of sun exposure can now install Solar Gard Ultragard UV window film on truck side windows. Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, Ultragard UV blocks 99% of damaging UV-A and UV-B rays that cause sun damage and skin cancer. Additionally, fleet managers interested in outfitting lighter vehicles like vans and cars with window film have the option to do so (assuming adherence to local tint laws).