Injury Research and Policy Golf Cart Safety Research :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Golf Cart Safety

As golf cart use has moved off the golf course and into neighborhoods, sporting events, airports, national parks and college campuses, the growing number of golf-cart related injuries has become a concern. The following tips will help keep both drivers and passengers safe while they are using golf carts.


  • Drive carts at a reasonable speed.

  • Like a car, drive slower and more carefully during bad weather.

  • Brake slowly, especially on downhill slopes.

  • Avoid sharp turns.

  • Wear seat belts when available.

  • Limit passengers to adults and children six years of age and older.

  • Drivers should be at least 16 years old.

  • Do not operate a cart after drinking alcohol.


  • Never make post-factory modifications.

  • Establish a regular maintenance schedule to keep the cart in good repair.

  • Require drivers be at least 16 years old.

  • It is illegal and dangerous to disable the cart’s speed governor.


  • Keep both feet on the floor at all times.

  • Keep arms and legs inside the cart.

  • Sit back in the seat and use the hip restraints.

  • Wear seat belts when available.

  • Be prepared to use the handgrip to prevent a fall.

  • Do not get on or off the cart until it has come to a complete stop.


  • Require all drivers to have a valid driver’s license and to go through a safety/operations training before driving the cart.

  • Have written safety policies.

  • Consider safety in the design of pathways and landscapes where golf carts may be used.

Additional Golf Cart Safety Information

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