Ice Thickness Guide for Vehicles
The Pacific Northwest is famous for its fishing – and sometimes it gets cold enough in some parts of the state where the lakes freeze over. And that means it is time to go ice fishing! Many ice fishers love taking their vehicle right onto the frozen lake and fish from their favorite spot nearby. But is that ice thick enough to hold your Acura? Continue reading and find out!
How Thick Does Ice Need to Be to Safely Drive on it?
If you are just ice fishing on foot, the ice (specifically new and clear ice) needs to be at least 4 inches thick. Want to bring your Acura along? Make sure the ice is at least 8 to 12 inches thick! In the case of older white ice, which is half as strong as new and clear ice, you will need double the thickness.
We would like to note that walking or driving on frozen bodies of water is never 100% safe and ice thickness can drastically vary throughout the area.
What can I Do to Keep Myself and My Acura Safe on the Ice?
When you are ready to go ice fishing, make sure to use common sense. If you happen to notice that not many vehicles are out on the lake, this is a good indication that the ice is not thick enough to accommodate your Acura, so leave it parked at the dock. Visit a local restaurant or bait shop – many of the employees or patrons have the latest news on ice thickness.
Before heading out on the ice, make sure to let someone know where you are going and what time you plan to be back. And if you drive your Acura out on the ice, make sure to park it 50 feet away from other vehicles and move it every couple of hours to prevent it from sinking.