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True or False: A car is a safe place to be in an electrical storm because it has rubber tires.


Answer: False—While cars are a very safe place to be, it is not the tires that protect you! This is a very common misconception. It is actually the metal that is surrounding you that affords the protection. This is due to something called the Skin Effect, which says that electricity, like lightning, will travel only on the surface of enclosed metal objects. So while your car may be hit by lightning, as long as you stay inside, you are safe. This is of course provided that you have a metal car that is not a convertible. Incidentally, your tires would have to be about a mile thick and made of solid rubber to afford you adequate protection.

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