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Cars are generally a very safe to be when there’s lightning. But they can still get struck. The video shown here, captured in Russia, provides a dramatic example. A Toyota SUV is the victim, but it appears to continue on its way after the strike.
The video was taken from a police car dashcam and posted to YouTube on September 17.
When lightning strikes a motor vehicle, electricity just flows around the car’s frame rather than coming inside the vehicle.
The blog WattsUpWithThat writes the exterior of a car acts essentially as a “Faraday Cage” blocking electric fields.
NOAA cautions not at all types of moving vehicles are safe from lightning: Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning.