GEICO and BoatUS says having tow coverage is the safest way to boat

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 29, 2017 – Imagine being stranded on your boat miles off shore in dark, choppy seas and high winds. Now imagine trying to find a reputable boat-towing service come out and pull you safely back to shore under those extreme conditions.

Good boat-towing coverage offers an added level of protection for you and your loved ones, just in case something unfortunate happens to your boat out on the water. Most towing packages are low-cost, prepaid services provided by your insurance company.

A typical tow service may include 24-hour assistance, unlimited towing, battery jumps, fuel deliveries, and soft ungroundings in salt or freshwater, without a charge (up to a specified service level). Depending upon your package options, tow service may be available to you no matter where your boat is located. The service also extends to friends and family members who use your boat, or if you are a guest on another boat that becomes disabled on the water.

Keep in mind that all towing packages are not created equal. Choosing the right package will depend upon a number of factors including service levels, coverage options and pricing. It's important to review the details of a towing package to ensure that the coverage fits all of your boating needs.

For more information on boat towing, visit http://www.boatus.com/towing/faq.asp.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 15 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 24 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

For more information, go to www.geico.com.