Can your car get struck by lightning while you’re driving?

There’s a thunderstorm going on, but I need to get back to my hotel. Can your car get struck by lightning while you’re driving? I’m renting a car and don’t want to risk extra charges.

Brittni Brinn · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
It’s good to be cautious, for sure, especially since you’re driving a rental. It is possible for your car to be struck by lightning while driving.
Although you will generally be safe inside a car with an interior completely enclosed by hard metal, your car may be damaged.
Here are damages that can result from lightning striking a car:
  • Burn marks along the top or side of the vehicle
  • Fried electrical components
  • Ruined tires
  • Shattered rear window
  • Fire or melted components
In the end, it’s probably best to wait out the storm if you can—just to be safe.
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