Summer is right around the corner, and as the weather heats up, getting your boat out on the water is likely at the forefront of your mind. Taking the proper safety precautions before you take your boat out for a spin is necessary for your safety, your passengers’ safety and those with whom you’re sharing the water.
Safety Precautions to Consider
While you’re out on the water with your boat, there are some essential safety tips and precautions to consider. Important precautions to take might include the following:
- Avoid consuming alcohol while driving your boat. Alcohol plays a huge factor in boating accidents every year, and this year is no exception.
- Always wear a life jacket. This goes for you and your passengers. Although many states simply require they are accessible, you may not have time to reach for one if there is an emergency. If you have children on the boat, state law in every state requires that they wear one that is specially designed for kids.
- Inspect your boat. Make sure you have enough gas, there are no cracks or leaks and everything is running properly.
- Designate a spotter for water activities. If you or your passengers plan on tubing or water skiing, having a spotter is essential. Review basic hand signals so you can communicate during activities.
- Use good judgment. If the weather looks bad or if storm clouds are rolling in, wait to take your boat out until it clears up. Knowing your limits can keep you and your passengers safe and protected.
Contact Our Agency
If you are a boat owner in Kentucky, contact Augustine Insurance with additional questions about boat safety at 931-431-3677.
This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance professional for further information.