STATIC ELECTRICITY IN THE CAR: WHAT IS IT AND HOW TO AVOID IT?
Who has never had a little cramp when getting in or out of a vehicle? This fact is produced by the existence of static electricity in the car. In the following lines, we explain what this phenomenon consists of and what habits can be carried out to prevent it from occurring.
What is static electricity in a car?
It is an electrical charge that lacks movement and is accumulated by one object when it comes into contact with another. At that time, electrons (negatively charged particles) present in the structure of one material are transferred to that of another.
Focusing on the case of vehicles, static electricity is produced as a result of friction in which the bodywork, the detached air, the upholstery and the clothes that we wear at that time participate by auto for trade.
The process that triggers everything occurs as follows: the body uses both the air that runs around the car and the upholstery to contact the clothing fabrics of the people inside the vehicle. As a consequence, the car and the passengers store positive electric charge, while the surface on which the car circulates does the same but with a negative shape.
Depending on whether the sole of the shoe with the occupants is rubber or not, the body may be a conductor means electrically and n when leaving the vehicle and touch the body, either to close the door or simply rest. Therefore, the load passes from the car to the ground. In the event that the sole of the shoe is made of rubber, the traveler may suffer a cramp if he comes into contact with any conductive element attached to the ground and, furthermore, if he subsequently touches the car again, since it will continue to be loaded after displacement.
A situation in which you have to be especially careful with static electricity in the car is when refueling at a gas station. The electric charge generated by the driver, may make a download if the first makes the vehicle is out of touch the metal hose with which will fill the reservoir. This fact can lead, in the worst case, to burns suffered by the fuel vapors.
How can static electricity in the car be avoided?
When we travel by car, it is usually common to take into account some important recommendations, such as carrying out a small general review before starting off, using the safety elements such as the belt or having both the ITV and the car insurance in order. But we tend to ignore other lesser-known dangers, such as static electricity in the car, which we can avoid in a very simple way:
- Use your knee (if you are wearing pants long enough to cover it) to close the car door without touching the handle.
- Avoid wearing garments made of materials prone to generating electrical charges , such as synthetic fibers.
- Get out of the vehicle by touching the metal part of the door without releasing it or by doing the same with the roof before leaving.
- Use washing machine softener and water to spread them on the seats, since this cleaning element, in addition to providing a pleasant aroma, serves to stop static electricity.
Once we know the assumptions and the consequences of static electricity in a car, prevention is better than cure by paying attention and taking these tips into account , so that it is not a problem when we go somewhere with the car. Let’s not forget to take certain precautions that help us travel safely and avoid unnecessary risks.