What do you call that rubber thing on cars that is supposed to discharge the static electricity?
I used to see these all the time on cars before the 2000s, you know the thing I'm talkin' about, its a rubber strip that hangs down off the back of the car onto the road.
I think the purpose was supposed to discharge static electricity or negative vibes or whatever and that was supposed to prevent travel sickness or migraines or drowsiness?
I never see these things anymore, did they actually work or was it just some lame gimmick?
Can you still buy them at an auto parts store?
- champerLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
Static strips or anti-static strips. They do not work, and never did. Doubtless you can still find them on sale somewhere, some people will buy anything.
- KayleenRLv 74 weeks ago
Yes they were as effective as putting a plastic drink bottle on your grass to stop dogs pissing
- The DevilLv 71 month ago
Static straps. No manufacturer ever mad that standard. They are aftermarket equipment. The only purpose was to discharge static electricity accumulated by rolling tires.
- GeorgeLv 41 month ago
In UK we used to use a bathroom chain attached to the exhaust pipe that dangled down to near the road surface. Did the trick and was cheap to make.
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- ScottLv 61 month ago
It's a static discharge strip. Haven't seen one in ages.
- Anonymous1 month ago
GROUND STRAP is the most common term
- jimanddottaylorLv 71 month ago
'Static straps' or maybe 'anti-static straps'. Our kids got VERY car sick. In desperation we bought these, but the kids still threw up all over the car.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Do not waste your money. They do not work.
- martyLv 71 month ago
They are called static straps. I have no idea if they work or not, I have one on a pickup but noticed no difference than my other cars without the strap.
- Name WithheldLv 71 month ago
"static strip" or "static strap". I doubt if many parts stores would have them - but there's usually some on eBay.
added: I remember seeing heavy chains dangling from tractor-trailers (most often oil/gasoline tankers) that touched the ground rather than the rubber coated ones on cars.
I can also remember when you got a shock touching some cars or when getting out of some cars. My grandparents had such a strip on their 1950s Packard and it was there to prevent such shocks. I'm no electrical engineer and don't know the cause or the theory, but there was apparently a problem on old cars and the strips must have helped or millions of people wouldn't have used them.
Checking eBay today I see many offered from $3 to $10 . . . . looks like many are made in England (with Lucas electrical system, there's probably more demand over there) and they are called "Earth Straps" ("earth" in England for "ground" here).