December 13, 2002
When Static Attacks

Just about every modern car today will zap you as you get out of it after driving awhile. Sometimes when it happens to me you can see the spark in broad daylight and hear it on the other side of the car. According to Road & Track, this is because the carbon content in tires has changed over time, making them less conductive and therefore allowing a static charge to build up on/in/around the car. When you step out and touch the door to close it, POW, the difference is discharged through your body.

Why do I bring this up? Well, because avoiding the ZAP can cause other problems.

Posted by scott at December 13, 2002 08:13 AM

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I saw the tape if this incident on CNN it was horrifying. I take a can of Static Guard with me to work during the winter months. The sterile gowns we have to wear with isolation patients are nylon. I swear sometimes the static can knock you down. Everyone laughs at me going around gingerly touching metal to ground myself.BTW it is snowing like crazy outside and guess who has to go to work tonight no matter what?

Posted by: Pat on December 13, 2002 12:06 PM
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