Golf Cart Safety Checklist
- Golf carts are not exempt from the rules of the road. Follow the speed limit, obey traffic signs and signals, yield right-of-way, and obey other laws.
- Driving any vehicle – including a golf cart – under the influence of alcohol or other substances is unsafe and illegal.
- Never drive while distracted.
- Check the weather. Lightning is especially risky for golf cart occupants.
- Remain seated while the golf cart is moving.
- Make turns with caution and slow speed. Many accidents involve carts tipping.
- Carry no more than the recommended number of passengers.
- Keep arms and legs inside the cart at all times.
- Engage the parking brake and keep the key in your possession when parked.
- Learn and use hand signals.
What Age Can You
Start Driving Golf Carts?
- There is no federal minimum age limit on driving golf cart.
- Some states allow as teens as young as 13 to start driving golf carts.
- A majority of states allow 14-16 year olds to drive golf carts.
- Adult supervision or passengers are often required for younger drivers.
- Crash studies demonstrate that younger children and teens should wear seatbelts in golf carts.
Where Can You Drive Golf Carts?
- State and local laws vary, but high-speed roadways are never appropriate.
- Some states and municipalities permit golf carts on low-speed streets, but may require registration and insurance coverage, as well as a driver’s license.
- Golf carts are predominant in some retir.ement communities.
- Large universi ty or office campuses often utilize golf carts.
- Golf courses and other expansive recreational grounds make use of golf carts.