Safety Tips To Remember While Enjoying Your Summer “Toys”

Boating Tips

  1. Wear Life Jackets: Did you know that in 2013 alone, there were 560 reported boating fatalities!
  2. 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”.
  3. Fire Extinguishers: Keep a working fire extinguisher on board at all times. Also, check the expiration date before the season starts.
  4. 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

Motorcycle Tips

  1. Stand out by wearing bright clothing or retro-reflective material.
  2. Inspect you motorcycle before each ride. You can never be too safe!
  3. OBEY THE LAW. Keep up on traffic laws especially when traveling.
  4. Take a defensive driving course to sharpen your skills and possibly get a discount on your insurance.
  5. When riding on the highway, keep a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles.

ATV Tips

  1. Wear protective gear especially a helmet. Many ATV injuries are head and neck related injuries.
  2. Do NOT drive with a passenger. Most ATVs are designed to carry only one person and for many reasons.
  3. Do NOT drive ATVs on paved roads. They are not designed for paved roads and are very hard to control on them.
  4. Do NOT drive ATVs under the influence. This will impair reaction time and judgment, two essential skills needed for proper ATV use.
  5. Take an ATV rider course when available. Visit

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!