Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 22 - Think and Explain: 92

Answer

The metal surface of the car acts as a "Faraday cage".

Work Step by Step

Inside of a conductor the electric field remains zero because charges on the surface re-arrange themselves to make it so. A car is a good place to hang out during a lightning storm.
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