What Happens When a Car is Struck By Lightning?

Would I Be Safe In My Car If It Were to Be Struck By Lightning?

What Happens When a Car is Struck By Lightning?

The other day, we posted about tornado safety while driving. In addition to tornadoes, Kansas oftentimes is the recipient of epic thunderstorms with lots of lightning strikes. This made us ask the questions, “would I be safe in my car if it were to be struck by lightning?” and “what happens when a car is struck by lightning?”. After some research, we found the answers and we are excited to share them with you so that you can stay safe while on the road during dangerous weather conditions.

What is My Vehicle Worth?

Purple sky with lightning striking downHow Safe is It to Be In a Car During a Lightning Storm?

To put it simply: not very. Contrary to popular belief, the rubber of the tires is not guaranteed to keep you protected. Inside and out, cars are mostly made up of metal, which is a great conductor of electricity. This means that you can easily get zapped if you are touching something metallic when your car is struck by lightning. And if you are in a convertible or have your windows open, you chances of survival are very slim.

What Should I Do If I am Driving Through a Lightning-Heavy Area?

If you are directly under a storm cell with severe lightning (note: lightning can also strike on a clear day), our best advice is to carefully and quickly roll up your windows, pull over, and turn off the engine. Place your hands in your lap and make sure to not be touching any metal surfaces.

What Kind of Damage Will My Vehicle Experience When It is Hit By Lightning?

This may vary on a case-by-case basis, but typical damage includes burning, pitting, arcing, tire blowouts, and complete destruction of wiring and all electric systems. If you need help with repairing your vehicle, please come to our service garage. We can also set you up with a different model from our inventory if your current vehicle was completely damage.