THINK you're safe from the sun in your car? Think again.
While most people don't think twice about exposing themselves to hours of sunlight while driving, the truth is that we are no more protected inside a vehicle then we are out in the open.
Air-conditioning and thick glass windows can lull people into a false sense of security but while car windows may act as a barrier from intense UVB rays that can cause sunburn, they fail to provide any kind of protection from UVA rays that can be harmful to skin, and eventually lead to photo damage, pre-cancers and dangerous skin cancers such as melanoma.
Bianca Wellsteed, a mother of three, knows this all too well and has become committed to protecting herself and her family from the sun at all times, including during car trips.
"I first realised we needed to do something when I noticed one of my children had more freckles on one side of her face then the other.
"Now I make sure our whole family is always sun safe, even when we're in the car."
Ms Wellsteed makes certain her children always wear long-sleeved shirts in the car, as well as hats and sunscreen, and has purchased covers for the windows.
"They're not very expensive, the covers we've got only cost about $12, and these days you can get them anywhere."
"Living in North Queensland, I think it's really important to think about these kinds of things."
- Slather up - Apply plenty of sunscreen to the exposed parts of your body particularly the face, hands and neck.
- Black-out and block-out - Applying window tinting or laminating products can block up to 99.9% of UVB and UVA rays.
- Plan ahead - Always keep a hat, sunscreen and UV blocking sunglasses handy.
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