How to Protect Your Car From EMP

By Sasha Maggio

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.