Video: Thunder and lightning - very, very frightening... for one motorist

Toyota gets hit by lightning
One lucky motorist is thanking his lucky stars after surviving a bolt of lightning hitting his car – while they were at the wheel!

Uploaded to YouTube this month, the astonishing video shows an SUV driving along a motorway during a storm.

And then the car is hit by a bolt of lightning causing the driver to creep to a halt.

The incident lasts for just a couple of seconds but it's enough to blind other motorists and cause the driver's heart to flutter.

The video's YouTube description says the car in question is a Toyota Land Cruiser and the driver was a Russian senior official.

As others have noted, the Russian bigwig can thank the Faraday Principle rather than his SUV's big rubber tyres for surviving the incident as lightning, hitting a largely metal object, spreads across the surface rather than passing through it.

With this in mind, the type of car doesn't matter – it could have been a Lada and he'd still survive. But don't quote us on that.

We are inclined to agree the driver is indeed the luckiest SUV driver in Russia.

Let us know what you think by posting your comments below...