We live in Saskatchewan. Which means 3 things: you bleed green, you know what a combine is, and you know how to survive winter 11 months of the year. I might have exaggerated………just on the combine one, the point is, winter is here and it is here for a while. So we have to make the most of it. That means it is time to go out for a rip to the fishing shack!
If you live in this glorious province that has an unlimited bounty of frozen lakes and tundra, you may know, or in fact, BE, a die hard ice-fisher (New word of the day). Get the ice-auger and a few beverages and make your way across the frozen pond, where you can enjoy yourself trying to catch that elusive slippery fish.
Now this is all fine and dandy, but what happens in the event that the ice isn’t as thick as you thought and your trailer or truck ends up falling through the ice? We have all seen the instagram or snapchat photo showing some redneck digging a truck out of the ice-water with a backhoe. We don’t want that to be you! But if that redneck turns out to be you or a close relative, you may need to know if you’re actually covered on your insurance.
Truth is, SGI does not have a magic number of how thick the ice needs to be for you to be “approved” to drive onto the ice. We were able to find a guide to show an approximate thickness allowance for certain vehicles. This is shown below. Even though these guidelines are complete speculation, they give you an idea of what weight can be placed on certain thicknesses of ice.
SGI states that if a claim were to occur from a vehicle falling through the ice: “As long as it was reasonable for the customer to believe that the ice would hold the weight of the vehicle, then you should be covered for any loss or damage to your vehicles. If the customer saw large patches of open water or he tried to hydroplane his snowmobile or anything risky; those would be scenarios where a claim could be denied.”
Try to break up the winter with some quality ice fishing time, and just know that, as long as you believe the ice is thick enough for your vehicles, then you’ll be covered. It is better to be safe than sorry, so it wouldn’t hurt to check out the depth of the ice prior to driving your new Super Duty onto it. Cheers!