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Drivers are at threat from ‘white van tan’

TAN: Most people use sun protection when they go outdoors for long periods but motorists don't cover up.
TAN: Most people use sun protection when they go outdoors for long periods but motorists don't cover up.
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Drivers are being urged to cover up before jumping behind the wheel as Leeds continues to experience scorching temperatures.

An experiment conducted by driver savings site Confused.com and skin cancer charity Melanoma UK found that drivers are still at risk of developing sun damage while driving, even with the car window closed.

They are calling sun burn experienced while driving ‘white van tan.’

Confused.com and Melanoma UK tested the skin of two British drivers. They comparing the right side of their face, shoulders and arms to the left which is shaded when driving.

The results of the experiment show the right hand side of the body is more likely to be effected.

Dr Christian Aldridge carried out the examination on individuals using UV photo technology to pick up on areas of sun damage not visible to the naked eye. Results taken from a van driver detected pre-cancerous cells on his right forearm - the arms most typically exposed to the sun - which was consequently treated.

The research also highlighted the protective benefits of sunscreen when driving. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com who regularly uses cosmetics containing SPF had little to no sun damage in comparison when tested.

Amanda Stretton said: “We have been very fortunate to have had some warm weather the past few weeks, but many drivers don’t realise they could burn even through the windows of their car.

“Our experiment highlights how important it is to apply sun cream in this weather, especially if you’re a frequent or commercial driver. With one in five) drivers having suffered with sun burn while travelling in the car, applying sunscreen before jumping behind the wheel is equally as important as if you are sunbathing.”

For more see www.confused.com/car-insurance/driver-sun-damage.