If you are like me golf carts appear to be simple to operate, yet they handle very differently than other vehicles. I imagined I could just jump in one and drive it like a pro. I found out (after crashing into a tree) that I should've taken it gradually and allowed someone else to teach me how to drive.
Before you hit the gas and make the same mistake I did, read up on some golf cart safety guidelines.
1. Check your state-specific laws for age and license requirements.
2. If it's someone else's golf cart, have them show you how everything works. They'll know how it runs and how you should safely handle it. If it's yours and you're riding for the first time, read the owner's manual, take things slow and practice.
3. Keep all body parts in the vehicle and wear seat belts if available.
4. Carry no more than the designated amount of passengers (or the total number of seats).
5. Never drive any vehicle under the influence.
6. Golf carts can tip quite easily, so take turns, inclines and declines slowly.
7. Avoid distractions, such as using your phone while driving.
8. Don't allow anyone to stand in/on the vehicle while in motion.
9. Obey all traffic laws.
10. Use hand signals if the cart isn't equipped with turn signals.
11. Yield to pedestrians.
12. Check your blind spots.
13. Look behind you before backing up.
14. Don't leave keys in the golf cart.
15. Avoid driving if you see lightning.
If you do all of these things your ride should run smoothly!