Why do I get static electrical shocks from my vehicle, and how do I avoid this?

Static electrical shocks from motor vehicles are caused by the friction between your clothes and the car’s seat fabrics.

When you climb out of the car, you connect its bodywork to the ground, and the static electricity runs through you to “earth”. This affects all manufacturers’ vehicles and is impossible to prevent.

You can lessen the effect by holding on to a metal part of the car, for example the edge of the door, as you get out.. This allows the vehicle’s bodywork to absorb the static gradually, and prevents the sudden discharge to earth, which causes the shock.