Why Safety Is Important
Whether you’re enjoying an afternoon on the links, an early morning hunting outing or just taking a leisurely spin around your neighborhood, using a golf cart usually means you’re having a good time. Yet even though golf carts are typically associated with recreation and a more relaxed atmosphere, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use care when operating one. While a golf cart doesn’t go as fast as a car, a golf cart accident still can cause serious injuries. There are nearly 15,000 golf cart accidents each year that result in hospital visits, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. What’s more, most of those accidents could have been avoided if proper safety precautions had been taken.
Golfers, hunters, and golf cart enthusiasts alike all need to be aware of the proper safety precautions they should take when operating a golf cart. In most cases, these are common-sense principles that are the same safeguards you would take when driving a car. For example, it’s never a good idea to operate a golf cart while under the influence of alcohol. Also, you should always consider the conditions when driving a cart. Don’t drive too fast if the ground is slippery, for example.
Other rules for safely operating a golf cart are more specific to golf carts.
For example, golf carts’ lighter weight compared with cars means they’re more susceptible to tipping over when making sharp turns or when parked on steeper inclines. Golf cart operators should use caution since a significant portion of golf cart accidents involves the cart flipping. Drivers also should take care to avoid having their arms or legs stick out of the cart while it is in motion. Many injuries occur as a result of people not adhering to this safety measure.
Taking a golf cart out for a spin usually means you’re having a good time. Be careful to prevent an accident from spoiling it. The accompanying guide lists some basic safety tips for anyone operating a golf cart. Read it and keep these suggestions in mind the next time you get behind the wheel of your cart.
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