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Nittoo Singh

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Why is a car the safest place to be during a thunderstorm?

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« Last Edit: 23/11/2010 13:30:05 by _system »


 

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Is a car the safest place to be in a thunderstorm?
« Reply #1 on: 23/11/2010 13:37:13 »
Inside a car you are protected by the Faraday Cage effect:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage
 

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Is a car the safest place to be in a thunderstorm?
« Reply #2 on: 23/11/2010 15:23:56 »
There was an excellent demonstration of that effect in a car on the bbc programme top gear - I am sure a quick youtube search would bring up a copy (ie google "top gear faraday cage")
 

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Is a car the safest place to be in a thunderstorm?
« Reply #3 on: 23/11/2010 16:36:42 »
This of course only applies to a stationary car, to suffer a near hit by lightning when driving is a very frightening experience
 

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Is a car the safest place to be in a thunderstorm?
« Reply #4 on: 23/11/2010 17:26:08 »
I would still prefer to be moving in a car when struck by lightning than walking or running!
 

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Is a car the safest place to be in a thunderstorm?
« Reply #5 on: 23/11/2010 20:10:23 »
The safest place to be is, generally, somewhere away from the thunderstorm.
 

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