Golf carts are small, zippy, and easy to drive, which makes them great fun but also means safety measures need to play a role! Gone are the days golf carts were used just for the golf course, now individuals are using the in their neighborhoods, seniors using them as their main transportation and many businesses using them for their employees or customers. Golf Carts are more inexpensive and easy to operate than cars, so it’s no wonder that people are using them as their main mode of transport.
However, they are not often subject to the same rules and regulations that apply to other vehicles, such as cars. This presents a serious hazard, as golf carts can reach speeds of 15-20 mph—and even faster if tampered with. Fortunately, there are a few simple safety precautions you can take to ensure you are operating these vehicles safely and responsibly. These are inexpensive and easy to implement, and in no way detract from the fun of riding them!
Install a Horn
Installing a horn on your golf cart is a simple and effective way to up the safety factor of your golf cart. Many golf carts are electric and make little to no sound when in motion, so a toot on the horn is a great way to alert those around you to your presence and prevent collisions. Horns are inexpensive and easy to install, so there’s no excuse not to have one fitted.
Ensure Drivers Are Experienced and Capable
Golf carts are easy and fun to drive, and so you may see no harm in allowing your kid or grandkid to take a turn at the wheel between holes. The rules around the driving of golf carts are far more relaxed than those surrounding cars, and so you may not see any harm in allowing someone without adequate driving experience to take a turn. However, those with limited driving skills are far more likely to get into accidents, and this unnecessarily ups the risk factor for those both inside the vehicle and around it.
Cars are required by law to have seat belts fitted but this may not be the case with golf carts. Seatbelts add an added safety measure that is quick and easy to install.
It may seem like an obvious statement—but, drive sensibly. Most golf cart related accidents are caused by people simply horsing around, racing one another, driving too fast, hanging arms and legs outside of the cart when in motion, standing in the cart, and overcrowding. And, of course, never drive (or allow anyone else to) when intoxicated with alcohol or drugs. In short, treat them in the same way as you would any other vehicle!
This may not seem like an essential addition to your cart but headlights can go a long way toward increasing the safety of your cart. As mentioned earlier, many golf carts make little to no sound when in motion, and many people use them to get from A to B outside of the course. If you are returning from a round of golf in the evening, a set of headlights is essential for making sure other people can see you coming.
A few inexpensive additions and accessories can up the safety factor of your golf cart so you can enjoy driving without endangering the well-being of your passengers or others around you. Golf carts are enormous fun, but it’s important to remember that they are still vehicles and we need to take the measurements to make them safe!