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How does a car protect you when you crash?

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2012-11-06 02:14:56
2012-11-06 02:14:56

Your car's chassis acts as a Faraday cage. All the electrons are repelling each other, so that all of them travel the outside of the surface of the vehicle, rather then passing through anything inside the vehicle, including your body.

Even though the tires are made of rubber, they are deliberately designed to be conductive, so that the car will not build up a nasty static charge. Even if they were not, the lighting bolt has arced crossed hundreds of feet of air getting to your car, it will have no trouble arcing across an additional 3 inches of wet tire surface.

The answer is not that technical no really accurate. The body and chassis of a car are designed with safety of the occupants the #1 reason. The speed, conditions of the accidents all factor in. It's safer than being in a car crash without anything around you.

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