Silver stays with you on the road, too. Every time you drive a car or ride in a motor vehicle, you are taking advantage of a number of the myriad uses of this element. Over 36 million ounces of silver are used annually in automobiles.
Every electrical action in a modern car is activated with silver coated contacts. Basic functions such as starting the engine, opening power windows, adjusting power seats and closing a power trunk are all activated using a silver membrane switch.
Another feature that is very important to our driving safety is the silver-ceramic lines fired into the rear window. The heat generated by these conductive paths is sufficient to clear the rear window of frost and ice. Finally, the active ingredient in antifreeze is ethylene oxide, which is a compound made from silver.