Every Christmas I go visit Mom back East. The air is bone dry and the static electricity is un-freakin-believable. Every time I step out of the car I fry myself when I close the door. The spark is HUGE. In broad daylight, it's about the size of a dime. I scream and say bad words that one should not say in front of their mother.
Grabbing the door frame and then stepping down helps only sometimes. Other times, the charge is so big I get fried anyway.
All of the anti-static items I've seen are stationary mats and wrist straps and things. I'm going to make my own personal portable ant-static doohicky so I won't get zapped and consequently my mother will continue to believe I'm the fine upstanding young man she raised.
They used to sell a little strip of conducting rubber that trailed from the car's rear bumper to just touch the road. This was supposed to discharge static from the vehicle. Did it work? I dunno, I was only ten at the time, but they looked like a good flashy product for taking money off mugs!
Man-made fibre is the problem. Try cotton, wool or /mix socks, shorts and pants. You can actually buy conducting shoes, [not recommended for electricians though!], or try leather soles. Natural products like wool, cotton, linen etc., conduct well because they contain water mechanically locked into the fibers. They feel nicer to wear too, IMO, although leather soles wear out fast. My dad used to hammer iron studs into the soles and heels of his work boots to prolong their life, anyone remember them?
The idea is for both the vehicle and you to be at the same potential as the street.
Wood work but can't!
Re: Portable Personal Anti-Static Device#72516 12/02/0607:59 PM12/02/0607:59 PM
I got my worst shocks like this wearing a suit while driving my '97 E350 with vinyl seats and the pants were some synthetic fiber. after pulling the plastic handle, pushing the plastic interior door panel and sliding across the seat out the door, intial contact with the metal body discharged a screamer.
But day-to-day routine in cotton jeans, no shocks.