Yesterday at my golf course there was an accident involving a golf cart while I was working. An individual, who was very hammered, made much too sharp a turn at high speed while his cart was on a sidehill, causing the entire cart to roll. While most carts don't move at incredible speeds, they still go fast enough to injure people.
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This man was very injured, leaving the course bloodied, bruised, and with a likely concussion. This is just a heads up for people who may think horseplay with golf carts is safe, just because they don't go all that fast: It's not safe, at all. People get hurt doing silly things and it's never fun when it happens.
A couple safety tips to keep in mind while operating golf carts:
- When on a sidehill lie, don't drive at full speed due to the risk of tipping.
- Please slow down when you make a sharp turn. Many people either fall off or accidentally tip the golf cart by moving too fast on sharp turns. Passengers are especially vulnerable to falling off if they are not expecting a sharp turn.
- Please don't try cart surfing. It never ends well.
- When you start moving, make sure the passenger is seated fully. Many people have hit their heads on the bars behind the seats (which support the back end of the roof) because they were still in the act of sitting down when the cart started and they were jolted backwards.
- Donuts are not as cool as they seem, especially when they can tear up the grass and roll the cart
- Ditto for drifting
Just a warning for you and others since it is not fun to be hurt playing golf.