Golf courses and large recreational property managements primarily use golf carts as part of their day-to-day operations. As an example, golf carts would be used to transport one or two golfers and their equipment around a golf course. However, golf carts can also pose dangerous consequences when operated carelessly resulting in personal injury, death, and property damage. Follow these great tips on safe golf cart operations from SECURA insurance:
· Require proof of Driver’s License and Credit Card: Before having a customer use a golf cart have them show a valid driver’s license and credit card. A driver’s license will verify that the operator is of legal driving age and provides a name to hold accountable for an at-fault accident. A credit card can be a source of recovery for cart damage and may make an operator more careful if they know they are going to be charged for damages caused by negligent driving.
· Post Warnings: Post warnings in the pro shop and on the carts indicating safe operating procedures for the cart. Or print the safe operating procedures on the scorecard if it is a golf course. It should be made clear that public intoxication is not tolerated, and other warnings should include speeding and horseplay.
· Stay On Top of Cart Preventative Maintenance: Maintain carts to manufacturer specifications and keep them fully charged or fueled before letting anyone take them out.
· Maintain Cart Riding Paths and Usage of Warning Signs: Cart paths should be paved when possible and wide enough for two lanes in high-traffic areas. Post signs warning of the paving ends or if it is a high-traffic path. Trim low-hanging limbs and overgrown shrubs back from the cart pathway. Dying or dead trees that have the potential to fall across cart paths should be removed and cut down.
· Input Cart Restrictions or Regulations: Restrict use in rain or heavy frost when the carts are likely to slip or slide on ground surfaces.
· Safely Store Your Fleet: Store carts indoors after hours whenever possible to prevent theft and tampering. If you do not have an indoor location, store them in a fenced, enclosed area, or chain them together with a fortified lock and chain. In any circumstance, surveillance cameras are a plus.
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