Fact: The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference where lightning strikes. Height, pointy shape and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt strikes.
2. Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground.
Fact: A vehicle with a metal roof is usually a safe place during a lightning storm, but it is the roof and metal sides of the car, not the tires, that offer protection. Lighting striking a car will be conducted through the metal into the ground.
3. If it’s sunny with no clouds overhead, it is safe from lightning.
Fact: Lightning can strike up to 10 miles from the center of a thunderstorm, far outside the area of rain.
4. Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Fact: Lighting often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it's a tall, isolated object.
5. It is good to take shelter under a tree during a thunderstorm.
Fact: Trees, because they are tall and pointy, are more likely to be struck by lightning, which could impact anyone standing underneath of one. It's often believed that golfers are struck the most by lightning, but that is also a myth. Most people killed by lightning during leisure activities are on or near the water.