Main Content

Golf Cart Safety

Golf cart safety fundamentals 


🚦🚧🛑   Just like professional athletes who annually attend spring training to work on the fundamentals of the game; drivers of golf carts will benefit by brushing up on the fundamentals of handling a golf cart:


  1. Never drive recklessly or joy ride. Drive courteously. Obey all vehicle traffic laws and rules of the road.
  2. Sidewalks  should  be  used  only  where  streets  and/or parking  lots  are  not  available,  and  then  only  to  the  nearest adjacent street or parking lot.
  3. Never drive intoxicated or under the influence of any drug or narcotic.
  4. Avoid distractions while operating the golf cart just as you would in an automobile. Be safe and attentive -- avoid talking, texting, or reading while driving, reaching for objects, applying makeup or eating.
  5. Golf carts should be in good operating condition before use.
  6. Inspect  the  vehicle  prior  to  use  (at  least  daily)  using  the operator’s  checklist.  Vehicle  features  to  check  include: tire  inflation,  cuts  or  punctures  on  tires,  steering,  forward and reverse gears and brakes, broken or missing safety equipment, broken or loose parts.
  7. If  the  golf  cart  is  in  need  of  repair  or  maintenance,  the unit should be taken out of service.
  8. Only carry the number of passengers for which there are seats.
  9. Drivers and all passengers should keep all body parts (arms, legs, feet) inside cart while vehicle is in motion, except when signaling a turn.
  10. Do not allow anyone to ride standing in the vehicle or on the back platform of the vehicle. Do not put vehicle in motion until all passengers are safely seated inside vehicle.
  11. Operate the vehicle from the driver’s side only.
  12. Always use hand signals to indicate your intent to turn due to the small size and limited visibility of the turn signals on a golf cart.
  13. Check blind spots before turning. When making a left hand turn, yield to the thru traffic lane and merge into that lane before turning left. Never make a left hand turn from the golf cart lane.
  14. Carefully turn and look behind golf cart before backing up.
  15. Avoid sharp turns at maximum speed, and drive straight up and down slopes to reduce the risk of passenger ejections and/or rollover. Avoid excessive speed, sudden starts, stops and fast turns.
  16. Reduce speed due to driving conditions, especially hills or other inclines or declines, blind corners, intersections, pedestrians and inclement weather.
  17. Do not leave keys in golf cart while unattended and make sure the parking brake is set and placed in neutral.
  18. Pedestrians always  have  the  right-of-way, yield to them.  If  the  golf  cart is  being  operated  on  a  sidewalk (only if no street or parking lot available),  the  operator  should  pull off  of  the  sidewalk  or  stop  the  unit  when  approaching pedestrians.
  19. Always be cognizant of motor vehicles and other potential hazards.
  20. Use extreme caution in inclement weather. Although a golf cart may shield you from the rain, it may not protect you from a lightning strike.
© 2020 Civil Air Patrol. All rights reserved.