Street Legal Golf Carts
What makes a golf cart street legal? If you have driven through a retirement community lately, chances are you have shared the roads with golf carts. A vehicle once limited to golf cart paths is now increasingly being used for general transportation needs. Before we dive into what makes a golf cart street legal, let’s first discuss why street legal golf carts are becoming so popular across the country.
What makes the Golf Cart Street Legal?
- Headlights: Headlights are rarely necessary on the course, but you will need to make sure you have them before you hit the road.
- Tail Lights/Brake lights: Sharing the road with cars can be extremely dangerous if you don’t have tail lights and brake lights. Avoid an accident by installing these and regularly checking to ensure they are working properly.
- Turn Signals
- Reflex Reflectors
- Speedometer: Golf carts must adhere to speed limits just like the cars they share the road with. The problem? Many golf carts are lacking a speedometer.
- Parking Brakes
- Rear View Mirrors: Seeing what is behind you on a golf course isn’t top of mind, but on the road it is imperative you see not only what is in front of you, but also behind you.
- Seat Belts: This should be a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people try to hit the roads without seat belts installed. Please take this seriously. It can save your life and at the very least prevent a costly ticket.
- Vehicle Identification Numbers