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Why are you safer inside a car during an electrical storm?

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People used to think the rubber tyres on a car grounded any lightning that may strike it and that’s what kept you safe. However, you’re safer in your car during an electrical storm because of the metal frame. It serves as a conductor of electricity, and channels the lightning away into the ground without impacting anything – or anyone – inside; this is known as a Faraday cage. While it is potentially dangerous to use a corded phone or other appliances during a storm because lightning can travel along cables, mobile or cordless phones are fine. It’s also best to avoid metallic objects, including golf clubs.