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Golf Car Accident Safety

golf cart SAFETY

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 retirement communities.
  • Large university or office campuses often utilize golf carts.
  • Golf courses and other expansive recreational grounds make use of golf carts.