How to Protect Your Car From EMP

by Sasha Maggio
statue of micheal faraday image by thomas owen from

EMP, or electromagnetic pulse, was once kept secret from the civilian realm but now graces the storylines of science fiction and action thrillers. EMP is a common result of a nuclear explosion, but also can be tested by EMP simulators. Encountering an EMP, for the average person, is extremely unlikely. The majority of EMP activity occur with nuclear weapons testing, or with EMP simulators used in testing EMP effects. While it was once believed that an EMP would destroy a car's engine, research has found that the majority o, even modern, cars will at worst stall and restart.

Step 1

Ensure car tires are kept at standard pressure, which keeps the rubber from the tires insulating the car from the ground. This has been found to protect almost all cars, even new models, from EMP in simulated and nuclear research.

Step 2

Check the body of the car to determine how much is fiberglass. Fiberglass bodies on cars tend to show greater effect from EMP in research and simulation, compared to metal body cars.

Avoid driving along areas with large amounts of metal around the cars. Areas with a lot of metal, such as massive guardrails along some narrow highways, can increase the effect EMP has on nearby cars.


  • In case of an EMP encounter, do not panic. Research shows less than 10 percent of vehicles will stall when encountering an EMP, and most will start right back up again. When the vehicle stalls, it will simply shut the engine off and slow to a coasting movement which the driver can halt with the brakes.
  • If concerned about an EMP, purchase an EMP bunker or Faraday cage large enough for the car to fit in. A Faraday cage absorbs the effects of the EMP, protecting the things inside. An EMP bunker, common in military and defense, protects everything inside from EMP effects.


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About the Author

Sasha Maggio specializes in topics related to psychology, fitness, nutrition, health, medicine, dentistry, and recovery after surgery, as well as cultural topics including Buddhism, Japanese culture, travel, languages and cooking. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Japanese from the University of Hawaii, as well as a Master of Arts in forensic psychology. She is currently pursuing Medical and PhD programs.

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