Spring is just around the corner, which means people throughout Huntington, TX are preparing their boat for spending time on the water. Although it’s essential to do routine maintenance on the boat to make sure it’s clean and safe, it’s also important to remember that safety is the main priority. Boating accidents happen more frequently than you may think. The good news is that most of them are preventable. Integra Insurance Services has put together a few tips about how to avoid the most common types of boating accidents.
When boats tip over and capsize, everyone on the boat is put in serious, life-threatening danger. The most common cause of capsizing is due to inclement weather and rough water, but it can also happen if the boat is misloaded. To avoid the risk of capsizing, you should never overload your boat and always use deliberate, precise movements, especially in small vessels and remember to check the water conditions before going out on the water. Make sure everyone, even strong swimmers, wear life jackets.
Falling overboard can lead to extremely serious injuries. There is a risk of striking the side of the boat, the outboard motor and if the water is cold, someone falling in may become quickly submerged. To prevent these types of accidents, do not allow your passengers to stand or sit on any part of the boat that isn’t intended for sitting or standing purposes. Also, remember life jackets are critical for preventing drownings.
Boat collisions with other boats, rocks or reefs are often caused by boaters that are distracted, speeding or intoxicated. Each and every time you go boating, always pay attention to your speed and stay alert for other vessels that may crash into your boat while you are on the water as well as docked. Never attempt to operate a boat of any size or shape while intoxicated.
Residents of Huntington, TX interested in learning more information about boat insurance should contact Integra Insurance Services.