The golf cart pictured was retrieved from Put-in-Bay, in the vicinity of Oak Point, on Sunday, 25 August 2013. Photo by Vince Maccioli
As surprising at it may be, there are many golf cart accidents annually across the United States which result in personal injury, property damage and even death. The Oakland Insurance Blog offers the following tips for owners/operators of golf carts:
- 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 when reaching an intersection
- Be alert regarding other drivers and pedestrians in your presence.
- Reduce your speed when approaching pedestrians; they always have the right-of-way. Also, reduce your speed when turning and passing.
- Use the safety mirrors when slowing or turning to ensure that the coast is clear and that you can proceed.
- Your maximum speed will depend on the terrain, weather conditions and the total weight of the vehicle (including passengers and equipment).
- Keep your hands, arms, legs and feet 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 go in reverse without looking behind you for potential hazards.
- Do not shift gears while the vehicle is in motion.
- Maintain an adequate distance between you and other drivers, similar to what you do on the roadways in your car.
- Do not let unlicensed drivers operate the vehicle.