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Safe in a car if hit by lighting...NOT b/c of rubber tires?

  1. Sep 11, 2015 #1
    So I just learned Gausse's Law and it makes me think: People always say you're safe in a car if it get struck by lighting because of the rubber tires (odd, because tired are like 90%carbon) but isn't it also because a car is a Gaussian sphere? The interior is insulated, sort of, right? If this is true, is the protection from a car acting as a Gaussian Sphere greater or less than the little amount of rubber in the tires?
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  3. Sep 11, 2015 #2


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    Hello Dow, welcome to PF :smile: !

    Rubber tyres is a myth. Faraday cage (so a plastic car doesn't help...) is the protection. Insulation helps.
    here, here, and here. here a little
  4. Sep 11, 2015 #3


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    Think of people in an airplane struck by lightning. I never heard of any of them being shocked.
  5. Sep 11, 2015 #4
    Thanks for the info!
  6. Sep 11, 2015 #5
    My thoughts exactly! Hey, this physics stuff is kinda cool...
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2015
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