by Michelle Ferris on Jun 02, 2015
Don’t Let an Accident Sink Your Fun
When boating season comes around, get on the water with confidence. Keep yourself and your family safe with our boating safety tips.
If You Own a Boat, Get Boat Insurance
Some people assume their home insurance policy includes boat insurance. Not true.
Typically, home insurance policies have limited coverage for boats and may not cover injuries or accidents while you’re on the water. To make sure you’re covered for boat injuries, theft and damage, get a boat insurance quote with PLC Insurance.
Tune-ups Aren't Just For Cars
When you’re out on the water, make sure that:
Have your boat’s operating systems checked at least once a year by a certified marine technician. The Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons also offer free vessel safety checks.
8 out of 10 boating fatalities occur with untrained captains at the wheel. Experts say that most boating accidents could be prevented by an experienced driver. Make sure anyone who drives your boat is properly trained.
With some of our companies, you can also save up to 15 percent on your boat insurance quote by completing a safety course with the Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons.
Life Preservers Aren’t Just for Kids
Hundreds of people drown in boating accidents every year – and almost none of them were wearing a life jacket. It’s not enough to just have life jackets on board – you must wear them. In an accident, people rarely have time to reach for a life jacket. This rule applies for adults, too: More people in their 30's die in boating accidents than any other age group. New lighter, more comfortable and attractive life jackets are available today, making it even easier to get passengers to suit up.
Carbon Monoxide Kills in Minutes
A typical boat engine puts out as much carbon monoxide as 188 automobiles – and passengers exposed to high levels can pass out within minutes. Turn off your engine when there are people in the water and don’t let passengers “ski” by holding onto the back of the boat.
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