Golf carts driven by responsible adults are a typical sight in Country Clubs, but these vehicles also find their way into the hands of the younger generation in gated communities, neighborhoods, and even on hunting terrains.
While these vehicles are designed not to travel over 30mph, it's still helpful to be aware of some important precautions that can help you avoid injuries of any sort. Let's talk about this:
Major Causes of Golf Cart Injury
- Hanging legs outside of the golf cart
- Reversing downhill
- Driving over wet, muddy, and uneven terrain at high speeds
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Leaving the brake unlocked while exiting the cart
- Too many passengers inside the golf cart
- Inattentive drivers
- Sharp turns—golf carts are top-heavy!
How to Avoid Serious Injury
- Remain inside the golf cart at all times and do not put your arms or feet outside the golf cart when it's in motion
- Never reverse downhill
- Be extra cautious when driving on uneven, wet, muddy, or snowy terrain
- Never operate a golf cart or any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Always make sure you lock the brake before you exit the cart
- Limit the passenger capacity to what the golf cart was originally designed to hold
- Remain focused while driving the golf cart and pay attention to your surrounding at all times
- Slow down the ATV when you approach hills, corners, bumpy terrain, and public roads
It's always a good idea to remember that the laws of the road apply to golf carts as well. You can get ticketed by a police officer if you're breaking the law while driving a golf cart, which can cause points to be deducted off your license and your insurance rates to skyrocket. More importantly than that, however, we want you to remain safe! At Garrett's, we pride ourselves on keeping you in the know about your golf cart and the important rules around driving it.