May 22-28 is National Safe Boating Week, and we are joining in with the National Safe Boating Council to remind boaters of boating safety practices!
Here are a few ways to participate in National Safe Boating Week:
- Brush up on boating skills with an online course and make sure your boat has all essential gear.
- Make sure you wear a properly fitting life jacket and have (and know how to use) other required boating gear.
- Never boat while under the influence. Protect your life and others!
- Check the weather forecast before you leave shore.
- Always maintain a proper lookout and be aware of other boaters and the environment while boating.
- Learn more here!
Check out more articles with tips for boating safety below!
More Resources for Safe Boating:
We’ve collected some resources that you can review to help keep you and your family safe while boating!
Are you going on a road trip soon? Road trips are fun, but we have a few tips to help make them even better! Check out our road trip tips below!
Check your car. Before leaving, check your car’s oil, brakes, tires, wiper fluid, and anything else that could cause an issue. Make sure your spare tire is fully inflated, and bring along a car emergency kit. Don’t forget your Weego (see next tip)!
Bring a Weego Jump Starter! No one wants a dead car battery ruining their trip. With Weego, you don’t need another vehicle for a jump start. The unit is small and portable, yet powerful enough to get you back on the road in a matter of minutes.
Clean your car. Because sitting for hours on end is a much better experience in a freshly cleaned car! And to keep things clean while on the road, be sure to bring trash bags, wipes, hand sanitizer, and maybe even try some car organizers out.
Take breaks. Sitting in your car for hours can be hard on your body. Be sure to get out at rest stops to stretch and walk around a bit.
Bring good music and good snacks. This one is obvious, but it definitely makes the ride a lot more fun!
Listen to audiobooks. Since audiobooks can be pretty long, it can help make the time seem to go by faster. Maybe even try to find one close to the length of your trip, depending on how far you’re going!
Avoid traffic. Use GPS apps like Waze to help you find the best routes to avoid traffic.
Enjoy the ride! They say it’s the journey, not the destination. If you’re not thrilled about the long drive, just think about the people you’re with and the memories you’re making together along the way!
If you’re traveling with kids in tow, try out our free printable Road Trip Kit! Simply download, and print to create an activity binder to keep your kids busy while you’re on the road.
The games include I Spy, License Plate Game, Car Colors, and Road Sign Bingo.
Want to create a kids tackle box for your new fishing buddy? Read this informative guest blog by Tom Schlichter of SeaTow to get started!
Of course, kids that fish – or hope to someday soon – dream of having their own gear. A rite of passage for just about any budding young angler is getting their own tackle box.
Learn more about cleaning your boat vinyl in this informative guest blog by Tom Schlichter of SeaTow.
Boat vinyl: it’s a godsend and a curse. Tough, adaptable and used for everything from seat covers to bolsters, flaps and coverings, it solves a lot of would-problems for boaters in terms of providing a long-lasting, smooth and even stretchable material that functions best where a soft touch is desired. On the other hand, it can quickly grow dirty, grimy and uninviting if you don’t take care of it from day one.
You have a new boat, now it’s time to learn how to drive with a boat trailer. Read this informative guest blog by Tom Schlichter of SeaTow for some tips!
Hooray! You finally bought that boat you’ve always wanted. Whether it’s a 14-foot skiff, family runabout or a mean, lean fishing machine, it’s your instant passage to fun on the water. But are you ready to trailer it yourself? If not, some driving practice is in order. To that end, here’s four quick tips for driving with a boat in tow: