Question: Are You Safe In A Car During A Lightning Storm??

You’re safe in a car because the lightning will travel around the surface of the vehicle and then go to ground.

This occurs because the vehicle acts like a Faraday cage.

Michael Faraday, a British physicist, discovered that a metal cage would shield objects within the cage when a high potential discharge hit the cage.

Can you get electrocuted in a car?

When a car is struck by lightning, some of the current can flow through the vehicle’s electrical systems and metal things attached to the car such as radios, cell phone chargers, GPS units as well as car door handles, foot pedals, the steering column and the steering wheel.

What happens if lightning strikes you?

Immediately after being struck, the disruption the lightning would have caused to your heart’s electrical rhythm could result in cardiac arrest, one of the leading causes of death in lightning strike victims. The shock could also cause seizures or respiratory arrest.

How can you avoid getting struck by lightning?

Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder. Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity. Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets. Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.

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