Golf Cart Safety: Distractions, Drinking, Yielding the Way
Updated: Apr 19
In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some basic safety elements to consider for any use of a golf cart. Whether you're utilizing a gas, electric or any other golf cart format, and whether it's in use on the golf course or any other area, some basic safety themes are vital to follow.
At Cricket Carts Direct, we'll be happy to inform you of all the great safety features present in our wide range of golf carts, which come in several models. Here are some additional tips we can offer on how to stay safe at all times in your vehicle.
Avoiding Driving Distractions
One especially vital tip is to avoid driving distractions. Just like with any other vehicle on the road, you should never text while driving, use drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel, or drive if you're feeling tired.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times and stay focused on the task at hand: getting from Point A to Point B safely. From other golf carts to pedestrians, there are plenty of potential hazards on the road, so it's important to stay alert.
Of course, if you're ever in doubt about your ability to drive safely, it's always best to err on the side of caution and not get behind the wheel.
No Drinking -- Ever
For some reason, there are those who believe that when you're on the golf course in a golf cart, normal rules about driving while inebriated do not apply. Nothing could be further from the truth.
You should never drink alcohol and then get behind the wheel of any golf cart. Not only is it illegal in many places, but it's also incredibly dangerous. If you've been drinking, find another way to get around the golf course -- or better yet, call it a day and head home.
Yielding the Right of Way
This is another tip that seems like it should be common sense but unfortunately isn't always followed. When you're driving a golf cart, you need to yield the right of way -- just like any other driver on the road.
If someone has the right of way, don't try to zip around them or make a move that could cause an accident. Remember, just because you're in a smaller vehicle doesn't mean you're invisible -- or invincible.
There's no shame in yielding the right of way and being a courteous driver. In fact, it's one of the best ways to stay safe on the road.
For more on how to promote safety at all times when driving or riding in a golf cart, or to learn about any of our electric golf carts, speak to the team at Cricket Carts Direct today.