If you choose to own and operate a speedboat, sailboat, yacht or personal watercraft without insurance you may run into some marinas and yacht clubs who won’t let you dock your craft unless you have insurance coverage. If you keep your boat on your own property, a homeowner’s insurance policy may have some coverage for your watercraft but it can be very minimal. A typical homeowners policy may pay up to $1,000 or $1500 to repair damage to your boat.
Often, during winter or stormy weather, owners must leave boats docked in the water. It is difficult sometimes to leave behind something that is so valuable, especially a sail boat that can cost up to several hundred thousand dollars. Standard policies for boats can cover damage to the craft, including damage caused by fire, lightning, theft, vandalism, collisions, and windstorms, the cost of repair and medical needs
Some policies also provide coverage for injuries caused by uninsured boaters or by boaters who don’t have enough insurance. If this sounds like uninsured motorist coverage in an auto insurance policy, it basically serves the same purpose.
It is very crucial to understand what the policies provide in order to choose the best and most appropriate coverage. Owners need to be sure and get all terms and requirements upfront before applying.
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Just like a boat on the water, your vehicle can skid over the water in what is called hydroplaning. When your hydroplaning your tires lose traction with the pavement and you are now slipping and sliding over water. Worn tires, tires not inflated correctly, how fast you are going and the amount of water on the pavement contribute to hydroplaning. This is scary and the first thing to do is Don’t Panic!
Here are some tips to get your though hydroplaning safely.
Take your foot off the accelerator.
Do not step on the brake.
Shift the vehicle into neutral.
As the car is slowing down, steer in the direction you want to go.
Here are some tips to help you in a rain storm.
• Turn on your lights. It is required by law but sometimes it is the smallest things we forget to do. This will not only help you see but will help other motorists to see your car on the road.
• Reduce your speed when you are approaching any sort of large puddle or flooded roadway.
Decreasing your speed will increase the contact of your tires treads on the surface of the road and reduce the risk of hydroplaning in pooled water.
• Stay a safe distance from other cars and if possible drive in the tire tracks of the car in front of you so you will not be going through as much water on your tires.
• If you are approaching stop signs or light signals, slow down a bit sooner than normally and give yourself time to get to the light or stop sign.
Try to drive as smoothly and cautiously as possible. Avoid excessive braking and accelerating and be careful when going around corners, if you tires are slippery you may do more than just around the corner.
Maintaining your vehicle is vital for just a time such as a very wet roadway or rain storm.
• Make sure both your headlights are working correctly. You want others to see you in the daylight and at night.
• Check your windshield wipers. Replace the current wiper blades with new ones whenever there are any issues with it cleaning the windshield proper.
Your tires are vital for your safety. Get good tires that are suited for wet and dry conditions. Look more for quality then low price.
Make sure your tires are inflated to standard of your vehicle. Well maintained tires can cut through water and more importantly keep traction better then worn tires. If you do not see good tread on your tires, its time to go shopping.