How to drive a golf cart | Step by Step Instruction

how to drive a golf cart

A golf cart is a vehicle for golfers to take their bags, clubs, and many things. So, every golfer should need to know at least basic about drive a golf cart. We will try to learn how to drive a golf cart in this article, step by step.

As a Smart golfer, you should have a cart, but if you haven’t, you can rent a cart from a dealer because a golf cart is necessary to move such things of golfers. You also need to know how to operate a golf cart as well.

The golf car looks like a simple and small car. This is not very hard to drive a Golf Car. If you are a beginner, you can also drive a cart, but you need to know how to operate it before the drive.

Requirements and the Regulation before the drive

According to the New rules of NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), Almost all of America’s local judiciary states are permitted to use a golf cart at the road. But before you begin, there is some condition to drive your golf car in the street.

Let’s discuss about those:

  • Don’t cross the speed limit. 25 MPH should be the maximum speed when you drive.
  • When you drive a golf cart, you need to ensure your safety first. Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Always take your driving license with you. Otherwise, you can go to jail.
  •  A maximum of 4 peoples can sit in one cart.
Avoid kids to drive a golf cart

Last but not least, there is also an age restriction to drive a golf cart. If you are under 14, you cannot drive a golf cart anymore. You have to be at least 14+ to drive the vehicle, but 18+ is the proper age limit.

Read More: How Old Do You Have to Be to Drive a Golf Car?

A closer Look Before Driving a golf car

how to drive a golf cart

A golf cart is a small and LSV (Low-Speed vehicle) vehicle. A cart average speed between 15-25 MPH. 2 types of carts available in the market “Electrical” and “Gas” powered.

There is steering, 4 wheels, 2 paddles are available in a golf cart. 2 paddles are “accelerating” and “brake” paddle.

Step by Step Instruction for driving a golf cart

Step 1: Start Your cart. 

Before drive first, you have to start the cart engine. To start a golf cart engine, you have to use a key. After inserting the key then turn it right to start the golf cart engine.  

Electrical golf carts have not much sound as gas-powered ones. So, when you hear the engine sound, that means the cart is ready to driving.

Step 2: Wear a Seat Belt

There is always a risk to drive any car. After the engine start, you have to put the seat belt on. Safety is always first. If you ignore your seat belt, then you can Face an accident.

But if your cart max speed is under 20 MPH, you don’t need to wear a seat belt. But we recommended always wear a seat belt before drive golf cart.

Step 3: Now Time to Move Forward

After wearing a seat belt, now use some gentle pressure on the accelerator to move the cart. The accelerator should be pressure sensitively. Otherwise, the cart moves very fast, and you can lose control.

And also, remember that the accelerator and brake should be far from each other. Otherwise, if you accidentally press the accelerator and brake at the same time, that can be cause an accident.

Step 4: Control the golf cart with Steering 

Control the cart with steering

After you start moving, both your hand should be on steering all the time. Always focus on the road and maintain the speed at the same time. If you don’t concentrate, that can be cause for an accident.

Step 5: Use Horn, Light, and indicator at the proper way

Using the horn when you need it. Always try to avoid Using Horn (School, Park, Library, Church) Form those places.

At night, Turn on all the lights. Because at night everything will be darker and you also need light to see the road and prevent the accident.

When you try to turn left or turn right and stop the cart. It would be best if you used indicators all the time.

Step 6: Decelerate and braking

accelerator and breaking paddles

When you need to slow the cart, you just release the pressure from the accelerator. Then the cart becomes slow and reduces speed. 

For stopping the cart, you need to gently pressure the brake and stop the car immediately. But remember that you should not pressure a lot on the brake.

Step 7: Reverse the Cart if Want

For turning back, there is a reverse setting and after accelerate the paddle. You have to turn around and see what is happening on your back. Then you reverse the cart. Otherwise, that can cause an accident. 

Step 8: Don’t Drive Recklessly

Drive Recklessly can cause an accident. if you are in hurry, you can be drive recklessly but your safety is more important than anything. so, always try to be patient and drive slowly and try to avoid drive recklessly

Step 9: Maintain the rules of the road

Maintain Traffic Rules

A golf cart is basically used on golf courses. But if you want to drive the cart on the road, you have to maintain the road rules. You can not exceed your speed over 25 MPH onto the street. Otherwise, you can be fined by the traffic police, and that can cause an accident.

And always try to maintain the symbol (Stop, Speed limit, Don’t Overtake, No Parking) of the roads. And also have to maintain the traffic rules and always keep your license and other papers with you.

Safety Instruction while driving a golf Cart

Always ensure your safety first because we don’t know when and how the accident will be held. So, we always ensure our safety before we driving a golf cart.

Safety Instruction while driving a cart

After your lesson is done and you are ready to drive a cart Hold on, you must have to read those safety instructions below.

  • You have to concentrate everywhere and focus on your driving.
  • Check your cart properly. If you feel anything wrong, then try to avoid driving the golf cart.
  • Always wear a seat belt properly.
  • Avoid dangerous turns and slow down your cart at that moment.
  • Over Speed cause accident. So, always maintain your speed (recommended under 20 mph).

Read More: Hos Fast is a Golf cart ?

Our Final Thoughts

Every golfer needs a golf car while he/she plays on Golf Courses. And as a golfer, he/she has to know at least basic about the golf cart. A golf cart is a simple and small vehicle this can be operated by anyone.

In this article, we are trying to clarify how to driving a cart safely and smoothly step by step. But everything depends on you. You have to maintain the rules and focus on your driving. And always ensure your safety before go to driving—best of luck.

Here is a Video Instruction for you.

After Watching this video hopefully your all confusion is over. Now you are ready for drive a cart.


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