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    Sep 09, 2013

    Protect yourself

    CONCERNED about the level of sun exposure in your car? Here's what you can do:

    Seek out vehicles that offer more protection. Glass-makers have a trade group - the Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association - that lobbies for stricter rules that would require laminated glass for all car windows.

    The group keeps tabs on which cars have laminated windows and publishes the results.

    Explore window tinting and aftermarket films that can block UV rays. There are also do-it-yourself kits at car-parts shops.

    But beware: Different countries have different rules on how much windows can be tinted.

    The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher around 30 minutes before you drive. Make sure to cover your face, neck, arms and hands.

    If you have a sunroof and thinning hair, you should also wear a hat, since skin cancer can develop on the top of your head.