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I get a static shock every time I get out of the car.  As soon as my foot touches the ground, shock.  How do I stop this?

Insulated shoes have less shock.  The clothing I wear doesn't seem to make any difference.  
 
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Check here for some answers https://www.wikihow.com/Get-out-of-a-Car-Without-Getting-Shocked-by-Static-Electricity

The simplest method is to grab the frame above your head as you step out. Something you are doing or in the car is building the charge while you are sitting in the car. Seat cover maybe? Or maybe getting one might stop the issue.

BTW this sort of static build up is why they say not to get in and out of the vehicle at a gas station. One wrong spark could be a disaster.
 
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Hi R:
How shocking for you :)
Does it do this every time and any place?    What part of you is being shocked?    

Is this in any vehical or just yours ?  If its just yours , what is the year ,make and model?
 
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Here is a decent video explain how to ground yourself



This video goes into the science behind this issue, as well as some things you can do to help prevent it.

 
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thomas rubino wrote:Hi R:
How shocking for you :)
Does it do this every time and any place?    What part of you is being shocked?    

Is this in any vehicle or just yours ?  If its just yours , what is the year ,make and model?



It only happens to me - or at least I'm the only one who feels it.  It's when I step on to the ground and while touch a metal part (I touch the metal part first) of the car the shock feels where I'm touching the car.  Shoes make a huge difference - the ones that are insulated for elections to wear have the least shock.  It's less bad when it rains.  

It happens in most vehicles, but in the last month or so it's been worse in one particular vehicle - a VW Eurovan from the mid-1990s.  A small or moderate shock is fine, but this is getting quite painful.  

I am pretty much a canary when it comes to anything electric.
 
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r ranson wrote:It's when I step on to the ground and while touch a metal part (I touch the metal part first) of the car the shock feels where I'm touching the car.



Try to grab the metal before your feet touch the ground. That tends to solve the problem for most. But it isn't a solution as much as a temp fix. Though if this happens with most cars you get out of, it is a trick to remember for any car you don't own yourself. The fabric softener one I had not heard before but it might be worth a try to get a more permanent solution. Though not sure if a natural fabric softener exists much less if it would work the same.

It should be asked (though here at permies I suspect the answer is no), if you wear mostly synthetic clothes? If you do switching to natural fibers might also help.

If the other stuff doesn't work well. You might also try the grounding strip hanging from your car to the ground. That would be a more permanent solution as well but seems the most invasive due to adding something to the vehicle.


PS, considering this

r ranson wrote:I am pretty much a canary when it comes to anything electric.



Please stay indoors during thunder storms. We like you too much here for BBQ canary.
 
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I used to work with curcuit boards.   We were required to wear ESD shoes (grounding shoes) I've bought them ever since.
 
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Ed Belote wrote:I used to work with curcuit boards.   We were required to wear ESD shoes (grounding shoes) I've bought them ever since.



Funny I was just researching those as it was mentioned in the article I linked. I was thinking how they might help in general for grounding like when you walk bare foot. There is a big movement called Earthing or Grounding, where they think our inability to ground due to foot wear is unhealthy. I saw those shoes/boots, and thought hey that is a footwear that might help for that.
 
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Devin Lavign wrote: You might also try the grounding strip hanging from your car to the ground. That would be a more permanent solution as well but seems the most invasive due to adding something to the vehicle.


If you just hang a little chain under your car, that dangles to ground level, that's not invasive or a real alteration to the car. Seems simple enough to me. But I don't know if it would actually solve the problem.
 
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A chain or strip might do the trick.  It feels like the car isn't grounded because I touch thread frame when I exit the car but the shock comes when I touch the ground.

Also, I remember now that we had one like this when I was a kid to help with motion sickness.

Now I have to figure out where on the car it goes.
 
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