- Wear Life Jackets: Did you know that in 2013 alone, there were 560 reported boating fatalities!
- Fuel your boat properly and often
Always run your blower for at least 5 minutes after fueling to eliminate gasoline vapors and make sure you do the “sniff test”.
- Fire Extinguishers: Keep a working fire extinguisher on board at all times. Also, check the expiration date before the season starts.
- Participate in the Vessel Safety Check (VSC) Program.
This is a free service offered by several nonprofit organizations or you can “do it yourself”. Learn more at Safetyseal.net.
- Stand out by wearing bright clothing or retro-reflective material.
- Inspect you motorcycle before each ride. You can never be too safe!
- OBEY THE LAW. Keep up on traffic laws especially when traveling.
- Take a defensive driving course to sharpen your skills and possibly get a discount on your insurance.
- When riding on the highway, keep a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles.
- Wear protective gear especially a helmet. Many ATV injuries are head and neck related injuries.
- Do NOT drive with a passenger. Most ATVs are designed to carry only one person and for many reasons.
- Do NOT drive ATVs on paved roads. They are not designed for paved roads and are very hard to control on them.
- Do NOT drive ATVs under the influence. This will impair reaction time and judgment, two essential skills needed for proper ATV use.
- Take an ATV rider course when available. Visit ATVsafety.org.
It’s very important to not be cocky when operating any vehicle. You are NOT invincible!
Statistics show a large percent of fatalities for all the above mentioned vehicles could have been avoided by simply following these safety tips. Be responsible and enjoy!