Golf carts aren’t just for golfing these days. They’re also a convenient way to get around retirement communities (where allowed); they’re big at campgrounds, festivals, and events; and some areas are even allowing them on trails normally reserved for hiking and biking. And while it can be a lot of fun to drive, it’s important to remember that a golf cart is not a toy, and golf cart safety should be taken seriously. Read on for some important golf cart safety tips to help keep you, and everyone around you, safe.
Golf cart safety basics
- Read the owner’s manual for important safety information and to get to know your vehicle,
- During lightning stay away from your golf cart and golf clubs,
- Check your state’s laws for driver’s license requirements,
- Only carry the number of passengers you have seats or seat belts for,
- Operate a cart from the driver’s seat ONLY, and
- Always fully engage the parking brake and remove the key before leaving the vehicle.
While you’re driving
- Obey and follow all traffic rules,
- Keep feet, legs, hands, and arms inside vehicle at all times,
- Make sure the direction selector is in the correct position before accelerating,
- Always bring the golf cart to a full stop before shifting direction,
- Slow down before and during turns,
- Check behind you before operating in reverse,
- Always yield to pedestrians,
- Use seatbelts, if available,
- Do not text and drive the golf cart,
- Do not allow anyone to stand in a moving golf cart, and
- Do not drive the cart while intoxicated.
Adapting to your terrain
- Use extra care and reduced speed when driving in poor conditions or on poor surfaces,
- Avoid extremely rough terrain,
- Don’t drive fast downhill, and avoid steep slopes, and
- Be aware that sudden stops or change of direction could make you lose control of the vehicle.
Whether you’re driving a gas or electric golf cart on the course or off, staying safe should always be a priority. And if you have questions about insurance coverage for your golf cart or any other recreational vehicle, your State Farm® agent is here to help.