Lightning Strikes and Cars
Name: Robyn T.
If you are driving and your car gets hit by lightning
will you be
electrocuted? Many people say that the rubber tires will ground the
charge therefore the "safest place" to be during a storm is in your
car. Is this true? Explain!
A car is a good place to be in a thunderstorm (NOT if a tornado comes along,
though), but not because of the tires. The real reason is that the frame of
the car is metal, making a "Faraday cage." The lightning bolt will pass
through the frame of the car, and not through the interior passenger
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois
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