What happens if a car is struck by lightning?
If your car is struck by lightning, you should remain in the vehicle until the lightning strike is over.
Cars bodies are made of metal and will have conducted the electrical charge from the lightning into the ground.
There is no difference to your safety about whether the engine is running or not.
At one time the voltage of the lightning is so high that it may have damaged the outside of the car including scorching paint and fusing side mirrors.
In newer vehicles, the computer chips in the engine control systems may be destroyed.
If you are struck by lightning during the storm, you should pull over to the side of the road and sit with your hands in your lap being careful not to touch the door or window handles, radio dials, gearshift or the steering wheel.
All things that contain metal and are connected to the outside of the car.
Published at Wed, 02 Sep 2020 15:31:12 +0000