posted on Aug, 9 2008 @ 10:07 PM
reply to post by nerbot
As Kruel said, being under a car would get you real warm real quick.
Ultra-high voltages are tricky things. Air, for instance is a conductor until a certain voltage per distance level is reached, then it begins to
ionize. That's why you get streamers spinning down from the clouds. The strike is coming from the ground typically, the reverse of the ionized
streamer. It happens when the streamer touches ground, creating a pathway that is ionized and therefore can conduct electricity.
Now, any time you are in contact with the ground, that streamer could be touching your head (or anywhere on your body) just as easily as it can touch
down on a tree limb. That shoots the strike directly through you and you end up a french fry with shoes on.
Add to that the reason the car protects you is it allows the lightning to go around you through the car. If you're under it, your body has less
resistance than the rubber on the tires, so it will take the path of least resistance. That's through you. So, no, don't crawl under your car unless
you have some sort of insane desire to be extra crispy.