Based on the understanding that Newtons third law states for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, when a car moves forward under driving force, air resistance and friction act equally in the opposite direction, leading to the car moving at a constant speed with no resultant force.
If this is the case, how is it possible for a car to accelerate?
Presumably the only way for a car to accelerate would be for the force acting in the forwards direction to be greater than the forces acting opposite to it. How would this be possible if the forces acting in the opposite direction must also be equal?
Is it true that air resistance etc takes time to become equal to the force driving the car forward, so by constantly increasing the force in the forwards direction the opposite force is unable to equal it simultaneously?
I am not sure this explanation is correct, so I would appreciate some help on the matter!
*To clarify, I can understand movement if you separate it from acceleration, in that the force from the ground is equal and opposite to the tyres, causing the car to move forward, the problem arose with the presumption that air resistance must equal the force the earth is exerting on the car, and not the force the car is exerting on the air. The question flagged as a duplicate had a similar problem but I believe with a significantly different example and slightly different line of questioning.