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Cars Is you protected from flash in the convertible? - Cabrio driving at thunderstorms

02:58  01 august  2021
02:58  01 august  2021 Source:   auto-motor-und-sport.de

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are convertibles with a strong summer thunderstorm with numerous flashes as well as a car with a solid roof?

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A sultry hot summer afternoon can be unloaded in a strong thunderstorm. But summer time is also convertible time in this country. So if I surprised me a thunderstorm as a convertible driver, then flashes are dangerous for me?

Safe in the conductive cage

flashes beat in vehicles extremely rarely. And when a flash in a car with classically firmly installed metal roof, the occupants are safe. The metal body of the car looks like a Faradayscher cage. In this case, the body shields the vehicle interior as an electrical conductor, the interior remains field-free. However, the bright flash can shut the inmates for a short time and the impact can damage the outer varnish and tires.

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Convertible: With the roof closed Safe

with closed roof also benefit from the protective effect of the Faraday Cage: the metal breaches in the convertible roof, the front slice frame and possibly firmly installed roll bars are sufficient for a shielding. For high-voltage trials, it occasionally came to fire traces in the convertible cover, but the inmates remained completely unhurt. So far, no case is known in which convertible occupants were violated by a lightning strike.

Close window

cars with a non-metallic body usually have a supporting structure of metal, which also acts as Faradayscher cage. Basically, in all vehicles: Close windows and doors and retract any existing telescopic antennas as far as possible. And in parking, a fundamental thunderstorm tip helps: avoid increased points.

Dangerous for motorists

for motorists much more dangerous than a lightning strike are in a thunderstorm overflowed roads with aquaplaning, poor vision due to heavy rain or hail, heavy windbows and torn branches lying on the road or fallen trees.

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