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The purchase of a golf cart is an investment — in comfort, style, and substance. Whether you’re picking up a Cushman cart to help you handle heavy lifting in the construction, hotel, or other professional industries, need a Bad Boy (or Bad Boy Off Road ATV!) to get you around the farm or the woods without trouble, or are interested in an E-Z-Go option for the golf course or around the neighborhood, it’s important to make sure you’re well-informed before you put any money down.
At Go With Garrett’s Golf Cars and Specialty Vehicles, it’s our mission not just to provide great sales, service, customization, and rental options here in South Carolina, but also to make sure our customers’ questions are answered. This week, we’ve chosen three of the most common concerns we’ve heard from our customers to respond to.
1. Can I Receive a Traffic Ticket in My Golf Cart?
While the overall slow speeds of a golf cart tend to make it safer, it doesn’t mean golf carts don’t need to obey the same laws as any other vehicle on the road. Yes, you can receive a traffic ticket in a golf cart, just like any other vehicle. We recommend keeping to low speed limits even if you golf cart or ATV can exceed them, staying in your lane of traffic, never attempting to drive your golf cart down a sidewalk or pedestrian path, and ensuring that you park within designated vehicular parking spaces.
Any ticket you can receive in any other vehicle — speeding, DUI, parking violation, or otherwise — you can receive in a golf cart or ATV. Take care to follow all applicable traffic laws when operating your specialty vehicle on the road.
2. Do I Need a Permit to Own a Golf Cart?
There’s no permit required for simple golf cart ownership. However, if you plan to operate your vehicle on paved roads alongside regular traffic, you do need to visit your local DMV and apply for Golf Cart Permit Registration. Even if you only plan to use your E-Z-Go or Bad Boy on local neighborhood roads, it’s still important to register it like you would any other vehicle.
If you are using your vehicle only on your own property or the golf course, permits are not generally required (we still find it’s a great idea to pick one up — you never know when the opportunity to take yours out on the road may come up)!
3. What Are Common Causes of Golf Cart Injuries?
The most common injuries include those sustained by a golf cart overturning, jumping or falling from a moving golf cart, collision with another object, or being hit/run over by another cart. All of these injuries are exceedingly rare. If you’re wondering how to prevent golf cart injuries, we do have a couple of tips. Maintain recommended speeds for your vehicle, take care to slow down when turning, and never exit a golf cart or ATV unless it has come to a complete stop.
Keep in mind also that injuries to protruding limbs have been recorded, so keep your arms and legs inside your golf cart or ATV at all times when the vehicle is moving.
Any Other Questions? We’re Here to Help.
Whether you have further questions on golf cart safety tips, are hoping for information on our great customization options, or need help acquiring a certain part or repair for your golf cart or ATV, Garrett’s is happy to help! Just give us a call at (843) 881 8894 for our Charleston location, (803) 407 2687 for our NEW Columbia location, or (864) 862 7709 for our location in Greenville, or just contact us online at any time!