If the weather takes a turn for the worse and your bicycle becomes too much of an obstacle to get home, you may be struck by lightning in some cases.
Frighteningly enough, cyclists can – if not careful – become victims as well.
Lightning is a dangerous natural phenomenon that can strike anywhere, anytime. However it’s particularly prevalent in the summertime when our outdoor activities and thunderstorms are at their peak. Cyclists have an increased risk of getting struck by lightning because they’re outside more often during these high-risk seasons, riding trails at higher elevations where storms usually take place; sitting on top of bicycles which may attract lightning or be difficult to get off quickly like cars if caught out with no shelter nearby; and choosing not to take appropriate actions such as taking cover inside concrete buildings or vehicle shelters along with crouching down away from tall objects (like trees). Make sure you know some basic guidelines for staying safe this season: ride below tree line whenever possible – stay
When you’re out fishing on a stormy day, it’s hard to tell when lightning is going to strike. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the warning signs and continue our activities as usual! It only takes one bolt of electricity from above for your boat or rod to be rendered useless during those crucial moments where the big fish are finally biting -and no amount of rubber will protect you in these cases either. Our handy guide can help keep you safe while also teaching about how lightning travels through many different mediums before striking its unfortunate victim below.
Staying Safe When Lightning Strikes
While you may be enjoying a leisurely ride outdoors, there is always the chance that you will get struck by lightning if caught in an electrical storm. Remembering these tips can help to minimize your chances of getting hit:
Know Before You Go
The best way to avoid getting hit by lightning is knowing what the weather forecast for your destination will be before you go out. Sometimes thunderstorms form and intensify quickly, however they also move quicky so it’s not uncommon to get caught in a storm while on foot away from home.
In the event of a storm, it is important to be aware. Recheck your weather app on your cell phone and see where the storms are relative to you or what direction they’re going in order that you can safely navigate them if possible.
Lightning is one of the scariest things to encounter both for humans and animals. When a storm approaches, it’s important not only to keep an eye out on where lightning could strike but also what shelter you can seek nearby that will offer protection in case a bolt hits near or far from your location.
If there are no safe shelters around when thunder booms, quickly look for any place with high ground such as under large trees or boulders; stay away from hilltops because they’re often hit by lighting rods created by tall structures like buildings and power poles which send electricity shooting into surrounding areas if struck!
During storm season, it’s important to keep in mind the different types of shelters available. There are many options for protection against high winds and rain including sturdy buildings like a barn or store with large overhangs that can protect you from falling debris. In addition, there is also an option of seeking shelter underpasses as long as they’re not flooded with water so take caution if this seems risky! If all else fails, always remember houses have doors which offer potential refuge during storms too– just be cautious when approaching homes without knocking or asking permission first because some people may prefer being left alone inside their home rather than opening up doors for strangers while they deal with family issues related to the weather outside. Lastly but most importantly never forget cars and trucks
Avoid Danger Spots
When looking for a place to take shelter during lightning storms, you want to find something as tall and wide that can provide ample distance. Smaller buildings will not protect your body from the electrical currents of thunderstorms or lightening, but large trees have been shown through research to be strong enough survive strikes without blowing over.
When cycling with a friend during lightning storms, stay at least 10 yards apart from one another and try to have your bicycle in the middle. This will prevent anything combustible like fuel canisters for stoves that might be near you not being struck by an unexpected bolt of electricity.
Lower Your Elevation
To stay safe from lightning, you should be in a valley or ravine. There is no real risk of being struck by lightning if you are near the ground and away from tall objects like trees. When it starts to thunderstorm, there’s nothing worse than being on top of a mountain with nowhere else to go but uphill! Seek out lower elevations so that your exposure will decrease and avoid tree line because the tallest object around may just become YOU!
Tingling is Bad
When you feel the hairs on your neck stand up and a tingle surge through them, it’s usually not good news. If this starts happening while biking then get off as quickly as possible by squatting down, placing your hands on the ground in front of you and getting yourself into an A-frame position with any weight that is still resting heavily against bike being transferred to legs so there’s no pressure coming from behind; make sure head remains tucked under arms for protection.