If you run out of gas on the highway, you can pull over and call AAA. Not quite the case in the middle of the lake. Although, even on the water, you can call a towing agency or even a friend, but you're not likely to find somewhere to "pull over." Running out of gas in the main channel leaves you stranded and unable to avoid other boaters or the shoreline. You may wonder how this could happen. Miscalculating your distance can leave you beyond your fuel range and stranded before you're able to safely return to port. A faulty fuel gauge could also leave you floating instead of driving. Always calculate the fuel you think you'll need to go out and you'll be sure to safely return to the dock.
Many serious accidents occur due to mechanical failure. A faulty battery could mean the boat won't start and if that happens at night, your lights won't work. Finding yourself in a stranded boat at night leaves you practically invisible. If you're a weekend boater, check your fluid levels each weekend. Monitor engine instrumentation and keep an eye on battery levels. Keep a flashlight on your boat, you can use it to signal other boaters at night, and make sure the safety kit includes flares.
Falling overboard is usually little more than a wet humiliation, but if you hit your head on the way out of the boat, it can quickly turn into a much more serious situation. This is especially dangerous to solo boaters who fall overboard.Wear a life jacket!
Speeding at night
Unfortunately, one of the chief causes of boating accidents is failing to maintain a safe speed for the conditions. At night, you can't always trust your senses to determine whether the way is clear. If another boater's lights fail, they create a navigation hazard for you and others. Travel at a safe speed at night and reduce your chance of an accident.
Pay attention to the safety gear on your boat. Don't depart without the proper number and sizes of life jackets. Don't overlook the value of your anchor as well. They are your first line of defense in a breakdown or store. It keeps your boat safely in place should your engine fail.
Poor visibility is among the risks boaters face if they ignore weather reports. Keep an eye on the weather and don't leave your dock without checking the weather for updates.
Boating while intoxicated increases the chance of a boating accident or arrest. If you are operating a watercraft, avoid alcoholic beverages.
BomBay Boat Rental Company is your premier Lake of the Ozarks boat and jetski rental company. We love boating at the Lake of the Ozarks and hope your next voyage is fun and most of all safe. Don't forget these safety tips and be an accident free boater! If you don't own your own watercraft keep BomBay Boat Rentals in mind for your next rental!