In last week's post, we discussed how South Carolina stacks up in terms of boating safety -- a mixed bag of good and bad. So, what issues contribute to boating accidents? Alcohol does, of course, and everyone agrees that it's safest to wear a life jacket, even on larger boats where it's not technically required. Also, we should keep overloaded boats and pilot error in mind.
The core issue may simply be that some boaters just don't treat an afternoon out on the boat as seriously as they should. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources provides a list of tips on how to boat more safely -- starting well before your hull hits the water. Here are a few of the top tips: