Golf carts are affordable, convenient and fairly simple to drive. However, it’s important to remember that accidents can happen with golf carts, just like in any other vehicle. Whether you are using one on the course, around your neighborhood or for your campus or business, having these safety tips in mind will help keep the ride smooth.
Before Driving a Golf Cart
It’s important to keep your golf cart balanced so it doesn’t tip over with you inside. To help keep the cart right side up, only have as many passengers in the golf cart as you have seats available. Overloading the cart with too many people standing or sitting in laps can be dangerous and make the golf cart harder to control while driving.
If your golf cart has seat belts, we always recommend having everyone buckle up. Also, make sure to only move the cart after everyone is safely seated. This will prevent your riders from falling out due to unexpected movement or lurching.
While Driving a Golf Cart
When operating the cart, pay attention to ensure the safety of yourself, your passengers and anyone in the area. Go slowly and be aware of pedestrians and other vehicles so you can yield for them. Turn to look behind you when backing up instead of relying solely on mirrors in case a person or object is in your blind spot.
Follow the same safety rules you would while driving an automobile. Driving a golf cart while intoxicated is prohibited, and keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Avoid distractions like texting. It’s also a good idea to have your passengers remain seated while the cart is moving and keep their bodies and limbs safely within the cart to avoid potential injury.
Things to Remember When Using a Golf Cart
To drive a golf cart, you need to have a current driver’s license. Depending on your state’s laws, if any drivers are 14-17 years old, they may need a licensed adult to supervise them. It’s best not to drive the cart at night, but if you need to, make sure to use the headlights for better visibility.
Take the cart’s keys with you when you park and shut off the cart to help prevent accidents and theft. Also, schedule routine maintenance for your golf cart to check things like the tires, brakes and more. Finally, be careful of weather conditions. Avoid using the golf cart during thunderstorms because your golf cart is not considered safe shelter and may attract lightning.