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Lightning, Cars and You

The last few have seen a few heavy storms pass through Florida… one of them found my on the road in her Toyota Rav 4…

When all of a BOOM!  Behind her, all her, she felt, saw and heard the bolt come down.  It both sides of the car at once, down the back in a fork and through the back rear (or dissipating thataway).

Nice lightning isn’t it? Just imagine surrounding your car..

She the noise was deafening, if very and the immediate hair raising in the air is a memory she’d rather not Her radio went out briefly, came back on, and she and the car went on merry way, no problems.

I have expected more of an sort of like an EMP hitting a you know? So I did a little digging and this from the National Safety Institute :

Vehicles and Lightning

What when lightning strikes a The answer, gleaned from observations, is all the way from “Nothing” to What a mess. my car is a disaster.”

speaking, at lightning’s higher currents are carried mostly on the of conducting objects. A thick wire or a hollow-wall metal will carry most of the on outer surfaces. This is called “skin effect.” The holds true for lightning it strikes metal vehicles: the surface carries most of the The persons inside this box can be likened to protected by a partial cage.

But, consistent lightning’s capricious nature, alter results. Is the car dry or wet? If the car is of fiberglass (a poor conductor) or a skin effect principles may not (Corvette and Saturn owners, note this fact.)

Some general recommendations

1. Personal Safety Issues.

incidents and related injuries it clear that a person a fully enclosed metal must not be touching metallic referenced to the outside of the car. and window handles, radio CB microphones, gearshifts, steering and other inside-to-outside metal should be left alone close-in lightning events. We pulling off to the side of the road in a manner, turning on the emergency turning off the engine, putting hands in one’s lap, and out the storm.

2. Heavy Equipment. 

Backhoes, bulldozers, loaders, scrapers, mowers, and other equipment that employ an rollover systems canopy are safe in nearby electrical The operator should shut the equipment, close the doors, and sit hands in lap, waiting out the In no circumstances during close-in should the operator attempt to off the equipment to the ground in an attempt to another shelter. Very step voltage and touch situations are created when a pathway to ground” is created. voltages will attempt to themselves, and they may go through a in order to do so. Smaller equipment a ROPS is not safe. Small mowers, golf cars, and wagons are examples of unsafe Rubber tires provide safety from lightning. all, lightning has traveled for through the sky: four or inches of rubber is no insulation People should safely this machinery and get into a shelter.

Toyota RAV 4

3. School Buses.

Metal are good Faraday cages. sure all windows are closed and the on laps” rule is observed. over and wait out the storm.

damage to vehicles includes arcing, and burning on both and interior places. See the photographs courtesy of Mr. Brown, of his Jeep that was struck by lightning. have been reported of destruction of vehicle wiring, and electrical and electronic systems. from police departments bad burns to the hands and mouth officers were using microphones when their were struck. Cases total blow-out of all four in passenger cars. A video in our library shows a station being struck by lightning in a rain storm, with no whatsoever occurring.

Insurance adjusters and claims note: In many cases you not find physical damage. can induce indirect effects to a electrical and electronic systems. low-voltage components may be damaged or Auto dealer diagnostics are to “it works or it doesn’t work” the ability to disclose the cause or of malfunction. Sometimes a claims may have to be based upon else — other than — could have done the

Look closely and you’ll see all bolts of lightning touching the at the same time. Excellent from Flickr’s Rydland4.

is an absolutely outstanding photo actually) at the Digital Bus Stop – worth checking out. the very last one, and caption it “I imagine this is the End of Days will look  Shiver.

And lastly, what a post about lightning be some juicy and brief videos?

Some guys out taking of lightning when a strike within 200 meters.

And a news of lightning hitting a passenger van in resulting in a giant ball of sparks:

Toyota RAV 4
Toyota RAV 4
Toyota RAV 4

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