While your car came from the automaker with a sun visor that protects your eyes from the glare of the sun when you’re behind the wheel or sitting in the front passenger seat, rear passengers, unless you are in a luxury vehicle or have tinted windows, often will have no such protection. This is particularly important if you have a baby or toddler in the back. Thankfully, you can buy a high quality window shade and protect your little ones.

Of course, there are a few things that you’ll need to know in order to ensure that you get a high quality window shade. You’ll need to consider things like whether you want a pull-down or fixed position shade, a solid or translucent shade, and more.

  • Fixed Position: Many window shades are manufactured as fixed position models. These shades are a fixed length and width, and if the rear passenger wants a better view out of the window, they will need to physically remove the shade.

  • Pull-Down: Pull-down shades are installed on a spring-loaded tube and can be pulled down to whatever position is wanted. If the shade doesn’t need to be used, it can be rolled up without removing it from the window itself.

  • Solid or Translucent: There are several different types of window shade on the market. Solid window shades are completely opaque and allow no light through. Translucent shades allow some light through, and are available in both completely translucent material (clear but tinted), as well as perforated styles that let in a little light, but block the view out the window.

  • Durability: A window shade is exposed to a lot of direct sunlight. That means it needs to hold up to both heat as well as exposure to UV light. Check the packaging or product description to determine how durable the shade is and then compare that to the cost so you can make an informed decision.

A quality window shade will reduce the temperature in the back of the car, as well as protect your little ones from direct sunlight.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Window Sunshade and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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