Anyone who spends a lot of time in their car knows the drastic difference that window film can make. You spend less time cranking up the air conditioning and playing hot-potato with the steering wheel when you get in, and more time focusing on the road and where you’re going.
Until recently, one group of drivers felt left out of the window film solution — truck drivers. Those who drive semi-trucks spend all day in their vehicles transporting goods and making sure stores and warehouses are ready for each day’s consumer needs. But without window film, the cab of a semi-truck can heat up quickly. We all know the dangers of being out in the sun too long without sunscreen, or over-doing it in a tanning bed. But what about the day-to-day sun exposure just from being on the road a lot? Truck drivers busy days to and from pick ups and drop offs while surrounded by windows leave them extremely susceptible to skin damage.
Take a look at a recently published image of a long-term truck driver (image courtesy of New England Journal of Medicine). At 69 years old with 28 years as a truck driver, the left side of his face received the most UV rays from sitting next to a window for most of his professional life. The right side of his face isn’t as weathered or at risk for skin cancer. Window film can help prevent the skin damage that can build up over time — and now, thanks to a new rule from the FMCSA, truck drivers can reduce their risk of UV exposure.
The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is the agency that regulates the safety of vehicles over 26,000 pounds. Recently it has stated that it is legal in all 50 states to apply clear window film to semi-truck windows as long as the light transmittance is above 70%. While this statute would rule out most traditional window films because they are too dark when combined with the natural light transmittance of automotive glass — usually between 72% and 80% with nothing on it — 3M has a solution.
3M’s Crystalline 90 can:
- Reduce the heat inside a truck cabin by 34%
- Block 99.9% of the UV rays that cause long-term skin damage
- Help protect the truck’s interior equipment from sun damage and fading
With this new rule from the FMCSA in place, we can keep America’s truck drivers safe on the road by protecting them from heat and sun damage while preventing visibility hazards such as window film that is too dark for safe travel.