I don't entirely understand static electricity; particularly how it seems to flow through rubber shoes and paint, but seemingly not rubber tyres or car seats.
I am tired of getting shocks from my van.
I've read that those anti-static strips for vehicles that drag on the ground were banned from being marketed since they don't actually work. I also read that the strips are less effective than the tyres depositing charge as they roll on the road.
I've read that the best methods for avoiding the shocks are to either hold onto the frame of your car as you're getting out, or alternatively, once you're out of your car, before touching the door to close it, hold the metal of your key and tap it with the end. I believe I've had some success with these, but not all the time.
What different ways and where might the static electricity be building up? Why do/don't the above methods work? And what can be done?
- Cover the seat with anti-static [something]
- Try an anti-static strip anyway