Cars fell through the ice

To hold the man the ice must be at least four inches thick. If the ice is strong enough and doesn’t going to break right away, four inches is enough to hold the average 80 kilos man standing on his two feet.

The small sedan or hatchback car like Toyota Corolla weights about 3000 lbs. (usually less than 1500 kilos)—just like eighteen average men, but it stands on the ice on its four wheels generating less pressure on the surface of ice. To hold a compact sedan the ice must be from eight to twelve inches thick.

However, most of the time the ice on the lake or river is covered with a snow. There are not much compact sedans over there you can drive in the deep snow, so you will need a bigger car. Bigger means heavier, like a truck or SUV. These do weigh more than two thousand kilos (up to three thousand sometimes). The ice must be 12—16 inches thick to hold such vehicles.

Pretty simple, huh? Local newspapers or radio stations are always publicize the ice thickness data for every significant lakes or rivers in the area—so you can be sure if it safe to park on the ice. Otherwise, you will end up like these guys.

Trucks fell through the ice on Alaska

Oh, Alaska! Such accidents are pretty common here. The cars are falling through the ice every single winter in dozens.

The car half buried in the ice on Alaskan lake

Pickup truck and SUV half sunk in the ice

Truck fell into the icehole

Truck fell into the icehole on the frozen river in Siberia. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.

SUVs fell through the ice

Ice is a serious business. Don't drive on ice.

Ice is a serious business. Don’t drive on ice.

Half sunk Ford on Alaskan Flat lake
The couple is being rescued from the roof of his truck fell through the ice

It’s good when the help is near and you won’t freeze to death on the roof of your own truck that was felt through the ice on the lake. These couple was forced to move to the truck’s roof by the rising water when their truck fell through the ice on the Flat lake in Alaska. It was -5F (-20C) outside. They were really lucky the local fire brigade have managed to rescue them in no time.

4 thoughts on “Cars fell through the ice”

  1. That is theoretically thick enough ice for you to drive your truck out to your favorite fishing spot. Even if your insurance agent is on speed dial and youve watched every episode of Ice Road Truckers this is risky business.

  2. I have been driving on ice roads my whole life. It’s just part of the usual winter activities up here in Northwestern Ontario. Ice roads are the only way of transportation to many of the big cottages and some indian reservations on Lake of the Woods in the winter. The trick is not to stay off of them but know when they are safe. 4 Inches of ice is not enough to do anything with unless you plan on a cold swim. The minimum for safe vehicle transport across the ice is 8 inches and most people stay away unless there is a foot or more of ice. The other trick is to stay on the ploughed roads as the snow, which acts like a blanket of insulation, has been removed and the ice is thicker and safer. The majority of vehicles that go through the ice have decided that the main road was boring and decided to make their own trails ending in disaster. There are many factors that determine the thickness of the ice. These include current, reefs, hydro dams, and of course cold weather. One thing that makes every ice road driver cringe is the strange and erie sound of the ice shifting which produces ground shaking moans and groans similar to the mating calls of whales. Happy travels to your favourite ice fishing hole or the cottage out on the lake, but remember to remove your seatbelt, crack the window open, and of course have a pair of ice picks close at hand.

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