A woman in Florida learned a hard lesson to pay attention to police: While on her way to work, Kari Zimmerman saw police pulling over cars on a busy road in Boca Raton, Fla. Instead of pulling over as well, she drove around the stopped cars and on to a live downed power line.
Immediately, flames and smoke filled her mirrors. In a panic, she leaped from her car and into the road.
"I was in such a panic, that I didn't close the door. Luckily I didn't close the door because closing the door would have given me contact with the ground and the door at the same time, and would have killed me," Zimmerman told WPTV News.
It's best to stay inside the vehicle until help arrives, but If your car catches on fire, jump as far as you can away from the vehicle. Touching any part of the car and the ground at the same time will turn your body into a conductor for potentially lethal amounts of electricity. Once out of the vehicle, either shuffle or hop away with both feet landing on the ground at the same time. Electricity forms rings of different voltages and running may cause your legs to "bridge" current from a higher ring to a lower voltage ring, resulting in a shock.