Waves, Wheels, and Well-Being: Outdoor Adventure Safety Tips

Written by Brian Tessitore—Personal Insurance Account Executive

June 4, 2024 · 4 minutes minute read

Blog Waves, Wheels, and Well-Being: Outdoor Adventure Safety Tips

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As temperatures rise and the days stretch longer, the siren call of summer beckons many of us outdoors. Whether you’re revving up your motorcycle, setting sail on your boat, or exploring back trails on your ATV, the freedom and thrill of these summer adventures promise unforgettable memories. However, amidst the excitement and anticipation, safety should stay at the top of mind.

From protective gear to staying hydrated under the sun, here are some tips to ensure your summer adventures are safe while still exhilarating. Buckle up and dive into making this summer your best and safest one yet!

Best Safety Practices for All Recreational Vehicles

  • Wear Proper Safety Gear: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment. This includes helmets for motorcycle and ATV riders, life jackets for boating, and gear like gloves and goggles as needed.
  • Keep up on the Forecast: Before heading out for the day, check the weather forecast. Poor weather can significantly increase the risk of accidents in all types of recreational vehicles.
  • Maintain Your Toys: This tip is a given, but make sure your vehicle is always in top condition with regular checks and maintenance.

Boat Safety Tips

  • Avoid Alcohol: Operating a boat under the influence increases the risk of accidents. Always have a designated driver if alcohol is being consumed.
  • Follow Boating Rules: Adhere to all boating rules and regulations, including speed limits and rules about right of way on the water.
  • Communication Plan: Always let someone know your boating plan, including where you’re going and how long you expect to be gone.

Jet Ski Safety Tips

  • Stay Alert: Maintain a lookout for other watercraft, swimmers, and obstacles in the water.
  • Respect No-Go Zones: Adhere to all local regulations regarding where you can and cannot operate your jet ski.
  • Wear a Kill Switch Lanyard: This safety device stops the engine if you fall off, preventing the jet ski from continuing unmanned.

Motorcycle and ATV Safety Tips

  • Defensive Driving: Assume you are not visible to other drivers and always practice defensive driving techniques.
  • Avoid Overloading: Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for weight limits and avoid overloading your vehicle with passengers or cargo.
  • Use Reflective Gear: Wear reflective clothing and ensure your vehicle has reflective markings to improve visibility, especially at night or in low-light conditions.

General Tips

  • Stay Hydrated and Protected: The summer heat can lead to dehydration and sunburn. Drink plenty of water and use sunscreen to protect against the sun.
  • Insurance Check: Ensure your insurance coverage is current and covers all your summer recreational activities.
  • Emergency Kit: Always have an emergency kit on hand, including first aid supplies, tools for basic repairs, water, and non-perishable snacks.

To simplify, remember that your passion for adventure and exploration should always be matched with a commitment to safety outdoors. Embracing the call of the open road, the whisper of the waves, or the thrill of the trails requires more than just a spirit of adventure—it demands a dedication to practices that keep us protected.

Before you set out, quickly review your insurance coverages so you have peace of mind while fully immersing yourself in the excitement of summer days. If you’re not sure where you or your insurance stands, take a little bit of time to chat with your Leavitt Group insurance advisor.

Happy trails and safe sails to all!