Golf Cart Safety

By Lynn Lewis - lynnl@landings.org
Communications Manager

Americans are cutting back on lots of things, but golf cart safety definitely should not be one of them. Taking the time to observe a few simple rules of the road, coupled with a heaping serving of common courtesy, could mean the difference between a pleasant trip and a horrible tragedy.

Golf cart safety is a high priority, whether you are rolling along a course or cruising around the neighborhood. Cart safety at The Landings is serious business for Security Director Tim Cook.

“Courtesy is a must for everyone to enjoy safely the common trails in the community,” he said. “I don’t think anyone wants to be responsible for someone getting seriously injured. The only way to prevent this from happening is to use common sense and always be prepared to make way for others using the trails.”

Most areas where golf carts are allowed have their own set of driving rules, and The Landings Association is no exception. (See page 56 of the 2019 Landings Residential Directory.)

Following are some general guidelines for operating carts that should serve you well regardless of your locale.

  • Driving Speed - When operating a golf cart, be sure to mind your driving speed. Like regular vehicles, golf carts have a maximum speed, but it is not expected that you always drive at the maximum speed. You should reduce your speed when it is raining, when making sharp turns, or anytime your line-of-sight is reduced.
  • Keep to designated paths and roadways - In most areas where golf carts are allowed, there are designated paths and marked lanes for them to travel. Most trails in the community are common trails, meaning they are designated for use by pedestrians, bikes, and golf carts. There also are several “cart free zones” where you are not allowed to operate a golf cart. (See page 29 of the 2019 Landings Residential Directory.)
  • Pedestrians and Cyclists have the rights-of-way - Pedestrians and cyclists always have the rights-of-way on common trails, so when you are driving your golf cart, maintain a safe speed with the anticipation that you may need to stop.
  • Do not carry more passengers than there are seats - If there are only x number of seats, then only x number of passengers can safely board. Exceeding your passenger capacity will put unnecessary weight on your cart and can damage your shocks and prematurely wear down your tires. It also is unsafe, and many golf cart accidents have been caused by excess passengers on board.
  • Keep hands, feet, and other body parts inside the vehicle - This may sound like a precursor to a wicked roller coaster ride, but keeping your limbs inside the cart while it’s moving is common sense, and should be practiced…especially if driving with young children.
  • Look, Listen, and Drive - Look around and be aware of driving signs and warnings, even if they are meant for regular vehicles. These signs are designed to make your drive easier, regardless of what type of vehicle you are operating. Being aware of speed limits, dips and speed bumps, and other driving warnings will keep you safe. It also will help you avoid undue wear on your golf cart.