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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Safe Boating Keeps Focus on Fun

Allstate highlights ways to stay safe and what to do in case of an accident

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Even safe boaters encounter mishaps on the water. Allstate national data shows the most common boat claims are striking a submerged object and collision with another boat.

With increasing boating activity on the water during the early summer, Allstate reminds boaters that it is a good time to refresh their boating safety knowledge, assess local water levels and to review boating regulations.

Allstate recently created a video to share tips on boating safety. These recommendations include:

  • Be considerate of your fellow boaters

  • Let someone know where you’re going and how long you expect to be away

  • Always have a life preserver for everyone on board and one throwable flotation device

  • Carry a working VHF radio that is monitored by U.S. Coast Guard and all maritime law enforcement

  • Have a navigation system such as a GPS and carry a backup paper chart

"While having fun is a priority on the water, these simple tips can help boaters stay safe," said Katie Boyle, Allstate boat line manager. "In addition to keeping you safe, there may also be a discount on your boat insurance for completing a boating education course."

Allstate has a PDF link on its boating website, understanding boat insurance, which offers a checklist for what to do in case of an accident. Some of these actions to follow are:

  • Stay calm

  • Determine the extent of any injuries or damage and, if needed, obtain medical assistance

  • Call the police to file an accident report

  • Don’t leave the accident scene unless your physical safety is at risk

  • Get the facts and essential details at the scene – (See checklist for full list of accident information essentials)

Staying safe and protecting your investment is something Allstate knows a lot about. Talk to an Allstate agent near you for help choosing a policy that meets your needs.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.

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