Ready To Buy A Golf Cart? Read These Golf Cart Safety Tips First!
Golf carts are no longer just for golfing. They’re also a convenient way to get around retirement communities like The Villages. Carts are also popular at campgrounds, gated communities, and more.
While driving a golf cart can be a lot of fun, it’s important to remember that it’s not a toy, and golf cart safety should be taken seriously.
Check out this post for some crucial golf cart safety tips to keep you and everyone around you safe.
- Only operate the vehicle from the driver’s seat.
- Except when the driver is signaling a turn, drivers and passengers should keep all body parts (arms, legs, feet, etc.) inside the cart while the vehicle is in motion.
- Carry only the number of passengers for whom seats/seatbelts are available.
- Never drive while intoxicated or high on any drug or narcotic.
- Before making a turn, check for blind spots. When turning left, yield to the thru traffic lane and merge into it before turning left. Never turn left out of the golf cart lane.
- Avoid distractions while driving the golf cart, just as you would in a car. Be cautious and alert. Do not talk, text, or read, reach for objects, put on makeup, or eat or drink.
- Reduce your speed to compensate for adverse driving conditions, such as hills or other inclines or declines, blind corners, intersections, pedestrians, and inclement weather.
- Never “joy ride” or drive recklessly. Drive with courtesy. Follow all vehicle traffic laws and road rules.
- Seat belts should be provided for the driver and all passengers in golf carts. When the vehicle is in use, the driver and all occupants should use available seatbelts.
- Always yield to pedestrians and keep an eye out for motor vehicles.
- Before backing up, carefully turn and look behind the golf cart.
- Allow no one to ride standing in the vehicle or on the vehicle’s back platform. Do not start the vehicle until all passengers are safely seated inside.
- Due to the small size and limited visibility of the turn signals available on a golf cart, always use hand signals to indicate your intent to turn.
- Avoid making sharp turns at high speeds. To reduce the risk of passenger ejections and/or rollovers, drive straight up and down slopes. Avoid excessive speed, abrupt starts and stops, and sharp turns.
- Never leave keys in a golf cart unattended. Before exiting the cart, make sure the parking brake is engaged.
Whether you’re driving an electric cart or a gas cart on the golf course or street, safety should always be your first priority.
If you find yourself in need of golf cart repairs, new batteries or a great deal on a used cart, contact us today!