How Thick Does Lake Ice Need to Be to Safely Hold a Mitsubishi Outlander?

December 27th, 2018 by

How Thick Should Ice Be to Drive a Crossover on it?

Many of us enjoy the urban lifestyle that NYC has to offer, but that doesn’t mean that we ignore the great outdoors. In fact, many of us love getting out of the city and exploring the wilderness. All the cold and snow that New York gets during the winter season means plenty of fun activities – including ice fishing! One of the best parts about ice fishing is driving on the frozen lake to our lucky spot. But is that ice safe to drive on?

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Guide to Ice Thickness

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As far as we can tell, your Mitsubishi Outlander should be safe when it is on new and clear ice that is 8 to 12 inches thick – though we like to err on the side of caution and be at the 12-inch mark. White ice will need to be twice as thick to safely drive on.

Please note that ice thickness may vary on a body of water and extreme caution should always be exercised. Avoid being out on the lake alone and always let someone know where you are going and when you will return. And if you notice that only a few vehicles are out on the lake, that is a good indication that the ice is not thick enough.

To find out the average thickness of your desired fishing spot, please contact the local DNR (Department of Natural Resources) office or talk to the locals. Employees at local bars/restaurants or bait shops are oftentimes very helpful when it comes to the latest news on the nearby lakes and how thick the ice is.

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