Static electric shocks from car doors

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Has it ever happened to you that you walked to your car, touched the metal of car door and wham! got zapped, yes? Isn’t it annoying or what. So,<img class="alignright size-full wp-image-450" src="http://www.caradvice.pk/wp-con

tent/uploads/2009/03/shock.jpg” alt=”don’t get zapped!” width=”125″ height=”100″ /> you want to know what’s going on. Allow me to explain it to you.

This mild shock is caused by human Electrostatic Discharge (ESD). A phenomenon in which transfer of electrostatic charge takes place between two bodies. It happens very quickly when two bodies carrying opposite charge come in direct contact with each other.

This charging results in when, one object loses electrons from its surface area and becomes positively charged. The other object gains the electron on its surface area to become negatively charged.The small electric shock you may receive from certain objects happens when you become triboelectrically charged. Tribo what?

Triboelectrically charged is a term used for the transfer/shifting/ releasing/loss of an electron from one body to another, after they come in contact with each other and separate. A simple procedure of Give & Take and Opposites attracts I must say.

And it’s not just the car doors, you can even get one from door knobs, metal gates, windows and sometimes even human beings.

How to Avoid getting one?

There’s not much that you can do about it but even then try these one’s out.

  1. Very dry cloth (nylon, silks, rayons and some polys) are more prone to create static.
  2. Try not to touch the metal part of the car. Light push on the window would close the door nice and easy.
  3. Avoid wearing rubber shoes.
  4. Keep a key, coin or similar metal object in your pocket. Whenever you need to touch your car door, door knob or anything that gives you the shock, touch the metal object like coin with it first. It’s not actually the current which hurts in a typical static shock, it’s the arc of current through the air. If you make contact with a key, then the arc won’t need to make contact with your skin, so it won’t hurt.

So, don’t get charged,
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Has it ever happened to you that you walked to your car, touched the metal of car door and wham! got zapped, yes? Isn’t it annoying or what. So, you want to know what’s going on. Allow me to explain it to you.
This mild shock is caused by human Electrostatic Discharge (ESD). A phenomenon in which transfer of electrostatic charge takes place between two bodies. It happens very quickly when two bodies carrying opposite charge come in direct contact with each other.
This charging results in when, one object loses electrons from its surface area and becomes positively charged. The other object gains the electron on its surface area to become negatively charged.The small electric shock you may receive from certain objects happens when you become triboelectrically charged. Tribo what?
Triboelectrically charged is a term used for the transfer/shifting/ releasing/loss of an electron from one body to another, after they come in contact with each other and separate. A simple procedure of Give & Take and Opposites attracts I must say.
And it’s not just the car doors, you can even get one from door knobs, metal gates, windows and sometimes even human beings.
How to Avoid getting one?
There’s not much that you can do about it but even then try these one’s out.

Very dry cloth (nylon, silks, rayons and some polys) are more prone to create static.
Try not to touch the metal part of the car. Light push on the window would close the door nice and easy.
Avoid wearing rubber shoes.
Keep a key, coin or similar metal object in your pocket. Whenever you need to touch your car door, door knob or anything that gives you the shock, touch the metal object like coin with it first. It’s not actually the current which hurts in a typical static shock, it’s the arc of current through the air. If you make contact with a key, then the arc won’t need to make contact with your skin, so it won’t hurt.
So, don’t get charged,
don’t let it get you! :)
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5 thoughts on “Static electric shocks from car doors

  1. nice piece of info. I’d say a little electrostatic hit every now and then will do you good. the rapid transfer of charge through your body causes your muscles to twitch .. which is a healthy thing. so buckle up and learn to get a buzz out of it.

  2. @ Aqeel: Thanks :) but if you ask me, all i know is that i can’t touch the metal of car door, the knobs, gates and even the thought of touching them, now makes me fret, not good hey! :S i know.

    @momekh: Me too :S but hey glad i could help :)

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