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Boating safety tips

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Boating Accidents

Driving and biking safety are often discussed at large in the media, but in many cases, boating safety is not addressed, although it is just as important.  The Recreational Boating Industry has made a few suggestions to help keep you safe while out on the water this summer.

Just like when driving a car, drinking alcohol while driving a boat is NOT safe.  Statistics show that when alcohol is involved, your chances of being involved in a boating accident double.  Be smart and save your alcoholic beverages for when you’re safely on land.


Pay attention to the environment around you, including the weather.  Before departing, it is important that you check your weather conditions.    If chances of storms or rough winds are high, it may be best to go out on the water another day.

One of the most important pieces of boating safety is to take a boating course.  No matter what your experience level is- beginner or advanced- a refresher course never hurts.  Each state has its own requirements in regards to boating courses.  In some states, just completing one boating course is required before heading out onto the water, but that’s not always the case.  These courses will help you prepare for anything that may happen while you are out boating.

An obvious, but vital, rule for boating is to use your common sense.  Pay attention to the water around you and avoid high traffic areas and large vessels that may have a hard time stopping or turning.  Be courteous.  Travel at a safe speed at all times, no matter how much control you think you may have.

Boating safety is not always at the front of our minds, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important.  If you or somebody you know has been injured in a boating accident, be sure to contact an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney.

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