Boat Owners: Watercraft Safety in Lakes

Boat Owners: Watercraft Safety in LakesBoating throughout the year might not always be possible, but fall is a great time to make a few extra memories on the nearby lakes. It’s much different than boating in open ocean; lakes have a lot more immediate threats, traffic, and potential dangers. In this article, we’ll look at how New Jersey residents and their families can safely navigate the lakes this coming fall season. Much like you’d protect your home and vehicle, secure your investment with a tailored Bergen County Watercraft Insurance policy.

Complete a boat safety course.

Experienced boaters know how important it is to understand your boat and be comfortable navigating it. In the busy waters at the end of summer, there are a lot of other people on the water, creating more risk for injury and accidents. If you’re just starting out with boating, or you have yet to conquer boating on lakes, now is the time to enroll in an online safe boating course.

Never boat under the influence.

Driving a boat is a serious responsibility. Not to mention, if you have guests and children on board, the obligation for safety becomes even greater.

According to Children’s Health, stay away from alcohol while boating. Did you know that most boating accidents happen when the driver has been drinking? Driving a boat under the influence of alcohol is illegal, and alcohol makes it difficult to drive safely, to see objects in the water, and to supervise young children so they are safe.

The consequences for drinking and boating are severe, as well. For example, in Texas, a person arrested for Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) may go to jail for up to 180 days and charged up to $2,000, in addition to a possible driver’s license suspension.

Swim in designated areas.

The threat of electric shock is a real danger. Only allow your guests and children to swim in designated areas that are free of all potential electrocution and propeller risks.

About Tri-State Insurance Agency

At Tri-State Insurance Agency, we offer a variety of products to safeguard your valuable assets. Whether you primarily use your boat for ocean sailing or lake fun, we have the right coverage for you. We pride ourselves on serving Bergen County residents and beyond with quality and affordable insurance. To learn more about our services, contact us today at (973) 579-6776.

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