Thursday, June 06, 2013

Boating Tips on How to Stay Safe While Having Fun This Summer

Boating Tips on How to Stay Safe While Having Fun

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. - With the sun shining brightly and summer in full effect, many will be taking their enjoyment out on the waters of our great state. While soaking up the sun on the boat and spending time with friends and family, it is easy to get caught up in the moment. That's why we want to give you a few boating tips on how to stay safe while having fun this summer:

Be Conscious of the Weather
Check the weather conditions for the day. Nothing ruins a boat trip like a sudden downpour! By being aware of what the weather is going to be like for the day, you avoid having your fun interrupted. Not to mention, if the weather turns rough you're out of harms way.

Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist
Just to make sure you aren't forgetting any safety rules or regulations, make a list and check it twice! By going over everything, you are prepared for anything that comes your way. Don't forget the sunscreen!

Use Common Sense
This is a big one: use common sense! Be aware of your surroundings, and trust your gut. If you get the feeling that something isn't right, or perhaps what you're doing isn't a good idea, don't do it. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Pick an Assistant
Make sure more than one person onboard the boat is able to operate it. If something were to happen to your driver, or if alcohol is being consumed, you need to make sure that you have a capable driver to get you back to shore. We recommend having at least one other person with you who can take charge if need be.

Make a Float Plan
Let someone know where you're going, and for how long you think you'll be gone. Especially if you're planning to take a trip across one of our Great Lakes, let somebody know your plans. A float plan can include the following: name, address, phone numbers of all the passengers; boat type and registration information; trip plans; and types of communication and signal equipment onboard.

Lifejackets are a Must
Did you know that 2/3 of drowning victims know how to swim? Be safe and make sure everybody onboard the boat is wearing a lifejacket; this is especially true for children.

Avoid Alcohol
Much like you wouldn't get behind the wheel of a car after you've been drinking, don't get behind the wheel of a boat.

Learn to Swim
If you're going to be in or around water, it's always important to know how to swim. Whether you or your children need to learn how, you can find local swim classes offered in the area. Remember, it's never too late to learn!

Take a Boating Course
Whether it's your first time boating, or you're experienced, it's important to be familiar with all current rules and regulations. It's always important to be educated and prepared for any situation that may arise. So do your research and be aware!

Vessel Safety Checks are Free
The US Coast Guard offers free Vessel Safety Checks to verify the presence and condition of safety equipment. At no cost to you, they'll come examine your boat and give you helpful safety tips and recommendations that you might need. They also offer virtual online safety checks, if you're short on time.

By following all of these boating safety tips, you ensure that you stay safe while having fun this summer. You should think of your boat much like your vehicle, and never be careless with driving or maintenance.

While we don't service boats, we can service your vehicle. If you have any questions or concerns about vehicle maintenance, stop by our Metro Detroit Area Ford Dealership and we can give you answers. If you're no longer interested in maintaining your current vehicle and are looking for something new, we have a great selection of Discounted Used Cars, and Low Mileage Pre-owned Trucks. So stop in and see us!

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