Holiday Tips for Boating, Tanning, Swimming and Driving
by Deirdre Blake
posted May 23 2014 10:46AM
If you are hitting the water in Virginia or Maryland this Memorial Day weekend, know the law. All boat drivers need a license and now so do drivers of a jet ski. Penalties for boating and drinking in Virginia are stricter than those for drinking and driving.
Most pools open for the summer and many people will head out to the beach. Ron Rosner YMCA's Aquatics Director tells us the ocean is very different from a pool or lake and kids should be watched carefully. Even adults should use caution and heed lifeguard warnings. Sometimes the strongest swimmer can get caught in an undertow that could become fatal.
You're probably gonna grab the sunscreen when you head to the barbeques, beach or the pool, but which one is best? Consumer Reports tested 20 and found just two -- BullFrog WaterAmor Sport InstaCool SPF 50+ and Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50, have the sun protection factor promised. Make sure you wear something though. Local dermatologists tell us your skin remembers everytime its burned and it could set you up for skin cancer.
Hopefully your car will be ready before you travel, but things still happen. So if you have a problem this holiday weekend, VDOT's Service Safety Patrol will be ready to help. They have visible refelective uniforms and will patrol the interstate around Fredericksburg and from Stafford to DC. They can provide a gallon of gas, a jump start, water for an overheated radiator, tire changes and directions.