Static Shock

      December 15th, 2008

After several years in Europe with its excellent public transportation system, I recently ventured back to the U.S. More specifically, I returned to California where one is rather stranded and desolate without wheels. Without going into too many boring details, I picked up a new Honda Fit, a car which I think is today’s equivalent of those cool little Civic hatchbacks that every single college student had in the ’90s.

But without further ado, I’ll proceed to my dilemma. Every time I would exit the Fit, I would receive a pretty substantial static shock. I must have somehow accumulated quite a static charge while driving. I don’t remember this ever being a problem with the Corolla I had back in college, but I do know it’s not Fit-specific, because a Prius I was borrowing recently also shocked me. I thought I might be able to avoid the static shock by touching the metal on my keychain before getting out, but no dice.

A quick internet search finally led me to my solution. (Don’t know why I didn’t do that earlier.) As it turns out, all I had to do was touch a metallic surface on the outside of the car before getting out. So now I just open the door and reach over my left shoulder and touch the outside of the passenger door behind me. Ok ok, I know this is certainly not the most exciting aspect of car ownership or cars in general, but it was a significant annoyance. I’m just glad to be talking about it in the past tense.

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Filed under: Safety, Science by A.B.

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