Wear your seatbelt!
It's funny about risk.
We spend so much time focusing on being safe while being out on the water. We
plan out the day, tell a friend where we are going (hopefully), wear a pfd, and
practice rescues. All because we feel that if we didn't then we would be unsafe
and that would be risky.
I'm not knocking it at
all. Keep doing it. The funny thing is that I often see these same people who
spend a lot of time minimize the risks on the water and completely forget about
the statistically dangerous risk of just getting to the put-in. Driving there
is way more dangerous then your entire day trip.
I'm still amazed at
the number of people who don't wear seatbelts. I don't want to sound like your
You need to read this blog
. Novelist Jim Macdonald - who
is also a paramedic, wrote a stark grisly piece on why you should wear your
seatbelt. Yes, it is graphic.