Whether you’re going for an evening cruise on the lake or accidently stayed out longer than you would have liked, understanding boat safety and how to navigate your boat safely at night is a must. Here are a few tips from Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas for safe boating after dark:
- Don’t Go Alone
If you’re going for an evening cruise, be sure to bring a buddy or two along. Not only will your ride be more fun, but you could use an extra pair of eyes to help you navigate after dark. A day on the lake can fatigue your eyes, so be sure you’ve got your bases covered here.
- Reduce Your Speed
At night, light reflecting off the surface of the lake can cause some disorientation in terms of what is actually on the lake up ahead. Slow down and watch carefully if driving after dark. Pay attention to local regulations on boat speed after dusk.
- Proper Lighting is a Must
Running lights are a mandatory boat safety feature, and if you plan on boating after dark, be sure to brush up on the proper navigation lights and how to use them. You’ll also want to test your lights to make sure they are in good working order. Switch all dashboard lighting to night mode to make viewing easier.
- Listen Carefully
When your vision is impaired by darkness, your hearing can help fill in the sensory gaps. Turn off your stereo, take off headphones, and listen for other boats, horns, whistles, etc.
- Drive Sober
Driving sober is imperative – whether it’s day or night. Keep yourself and your passengers safe by keeping all your senses alert and aware of your surroundings.
Have more questions about boat safety and boating after dark? Come by Buxton Marine in Lewisville, Texas and ask our knowledgeable sales staff! We’d love to answer any questions you have and show you the boat safety features available on the new 2019 Nautique models! We’re the #1 Nautique dealer in the country for a reason!