With summer right around the corner, you might be tempted to pull your boat, kayak, canoe, or other watercraft out of storage and head to the lake. But before you hitch up and head out, remember that boating has its own share of dangers. Whether it’s rough weather, other passengers in the craft, or other issues, boating accidents send thousands to the hospital every year and cause dozens of fatalities. To keep yourself and your passengers safe this summer, check out these tips before you put your boat out on the lake.
Inspect your watercraft
As the weather gets warmer, you’ll want to look over your watercraft for any signs of leaks, rust, mold, rot, or other damage. Get repairs done as soon as possible, and make sure the watercraft is safe before taking it out for recreational usage.
Check the weather
Before you head out, listen to the weather forecast. Make sure you are aware of the weather and change your plans if a storm is in the forecast. Also, be sure to exit the water as soon as you can if you see dark clouds or a storm on the horizon.
Do not overload your boat
Overloading a boat with passengers will make it more likely to capsize or sink. Make sure you know the maximum number of passengers and weight your boat can hold.
Keep safety equipment on hand
Always have life jackets, life preservers, a first aid kit, and other safety equipment on hand. It’s better to have it around and never use it than to need it and not have it.
Do not drink and boat
Operating a boat while drunk is not only dangerous but also illegal. Make sure you operate your boat while sober, both for your safety and for the safety of passengers and swimmers.
At Hart Insurance, we know how much fun boating season is every year. That’s why our independent agents can help you choose an insurance policy that will best cover your boat and other personal watercraft. Call us today for more information about our boat insurance policies.