When driving a company van around town for hours every day, comfort is key. The sun's UV rays can heat up your van, making the interior several degrees hotter than it is outdoors. Not only does this make it uncomfortable to sit down, buckle up a hot seat belt, and handle a hot steering wheel, it also leads to unnecessary damage over time.
Advantages of UV Shades
The interior of your van can gradually be damaged by sunlight if it is rarely parked in the shade. The vinyl or leather can crack, the dashboard can fade, and the overall appearance can give way to sun damage earlier than if it were protected by UV sun shades. As an added advantage, van UV shades can cut down on your fuel costs as you won't need to run the air conditioner on full blast when you first start the vehicle.
Another benefit to some of these shades is the privacy effect. If you are concerned about important company items being stolen, the shade can keep thieves from being able to see inside the vehicle, therefore making it less appealing.
Types of UV ShadesThere are several varieties of shades to choose from including a window tint film that is semi-permanently affixed to the van. These can help your van maintain a professional look, and you do not have to worry about the hassle of taking the shades on and off.
Some auto accessory companies sell privacy shades that are custom fitted for specific vehicle models. These attach to the side and rear windows, offering both privacy and the filtering out of dangerous UV radiation.
Accordion sunshades are basic shades that fit across the dashboard and are held in place by the rear view mirror and visors. These shades are especially helpful in vans that have valuable contents within, or the suggestion thereof. For example, if you have a laptop or mobile phone mount on your dash, you might want to keep it out of sight in case a thief thinks that the computer or phone is hidden elsewhere in the van.
By using one or a combination of these shades to protect your van, you can keep comfortable and guard valuables in your van as you go about your business around town. Not only do these shades help in the short term, they also help in the long run by protecting the interior to maintain a high resale value.