10 Rolling Friction Examples in Daily Life (All New)

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Wanna know what are some examples of rolling friction in daily life? If yes, then you are at the right place at the very right time. Because, today, in this exclusive article, I am gonna unearth some of the day-to-day real life rolling friction examples you definitely don’t wanna miss…!!!

So, what is rolling friction anyway? Rolling Friction is a type of frictional force that opposes the motion between two surfaces when they are rolling against each other. To know more about the way how rolling friction affects our day-to-day life, let’s dive right in…!!!

Examples of Rolling Friction in Daily Life

  • Car Driving on a Road
  • Golf Ball Rolling on a Green
  • Skateboard
  • Train Moving on Tracks
  • Bowling Ball Rolling on a Lane
  • Ball Rolling on a Carpet

Car Driving on a Road

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The very first one in my list of top 10 rolling friction examples in real life is how we are able to drive cars on the road. When you drive the car on the road, the wheels of the car roll over the surface of the road. Therefore, creating a rolling friction between your car’s tire and the road.

This type of friction is responsible for the generation of heat and can cause energy loss due to friction. In fact, this is also why the tires of your cars deform slightly over time. As a result, you end up replacing it with the new one.

Golf Ball Rolling on a Green

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Since Golf is the game of riches, I haven’t played it till now. But, I do know that the rolling of a golf ball is a direct application of rolling friction. This type of friction occurs between the golf ball and the green field.

When a golf ball is rolling on a green surface, it experiences rolling friction due to the deformation of the ball and the grass, which, in turn, causes the loss of energy due to frictional force which causes the ball to slow down and eventually come to stop over time.


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Never ever I have played golf in my entire life, but, since I am a pro skater, I do have first-hand experience in skating. When you skate, rolling friction occurs between the wheels and the pavement or a sidewalk.

Due to the rolling friction, the deformation of both the skateboard wheels and the pavement occurs which in turn causes the skateboard to slow down and eventually come to rest.

Bowling Ball Rolling on a Lane

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Ever done bowling??? When you roll a bowling ball on a lane, rolling friction occurs between them due to the contact between the ball and the lane on which you are bowling.

This newly generated rolling friction deforms the ball as well as the surface of the lane causing energy loss, hence affecting the speed and the direction of the ball.

Train Moving on Tracks

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When a train moves on tracks, rolling friction occurs between the track and the wheels of the train. This in turn slightly deforms the wheels as well as the tracks causing a loss in energy, hence reducing the speed of the train.

Ball Rolling on a Carpet

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Last but not least one in my list of exclusive rolling friction examples in daily life is rolling a ball on a carpet. When you roll a ball on the carpet, it experiences rolling friction, of course, due to the deformation of both the ball and the carpet. This deformation is what causes the ball to slow down and eventually come to a stop.

Some Other Rolling Friction Examples in Everyday Life

Apart from the above-mentioned ones, I am also mentioning a few here.

  • Person riding a bicycle
  • Shopping cart moving on a supermarket floor
  • Roller coaster moving on its tracks
  • Suitcase moving on a sidewalk
  • Wheelbarrow moving on a lawn
  • Bike moving on a road, etc.

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I am a mechanical engineer by profession. Just because of my love for fundamental physics, I switched my career, and therefore I did my postgraduate degree in physics. Right now I am a loner (as ever) and a Physics blogger too. My sole future goal is to do a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, especially in the field of cosmology. Because in my view, every aspect of physics comes within the range of cosmology. And I love traveling, especially the Sole one.

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