Be safe when driving on ice
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
It's been a pretty amazing early winter for cold temperatures and snowfall, especially out East where we've already seen 75 or 80 cm in the span of a week or two. As tempting as it might seem, though, despite the deep-freeze that's followed for a week, I'd still be extremely tentative about heading out on lakes and rivers...
According to various sources, ice thickness should be at least four inches (10 cm) thick before its safe to be walked on, and should be at least five inches (13 cm) before you can ride on it safely with a snowmobile.
For average cars and small pickups, double that thickness, so from eight to 12 inches (20-30 cm); full-size pickups need from 12 to 15 inches (30-38 cm), and if you have a heavy-duty rig, you can do the math.
Does anyone here enjoy getting out on the ice, whether for fishing or riding? Let us know what the conditions around your favourite spot are like.