As surprising at it may be, there are many golf cart accidents annually, which result in personal injury, property damage and even death. Since golfing is intended to be a fun, relaxing and enjoyable outdoor activity, review the following safety tips to keep you and your fellow golfers safe
- Drivers and passengers should remain seated while the vehicle is moving at all times.
- Never exceed the maximum capacity for a golf cart—everyone needs his or her own seat.
- Slow down and honk when reaching an intersection to alert other drivers and pedestrians of your presence.
- Reduce your speed when approaching pedestrians; they always have the right-of-way.
- Reduce your speed when turning and passing other carts.
- Use the safety mirrors when approaching intersections.
- Keep all body parts inside the golf cart when it is in motion.
- When it is not in use, place the golf cart’s control lever in the neutral position and remove the key.
- Do not shift gears while the vehicle is in motion.
- Maintain an adequate distance between you and other drivers.
- Your maximum speed will depend on the terrain and weather conditions. Generally, you should operate a golf cart at the same speed as a well-paced walk.
Much of the same rules and principles apply when driving a golf cart as they do on the road. The bottom line: drive with caution while respecting others. This way, everyone can enjoy the course without having an accident.
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