Often we believe that accidents are far less likely to happen with smaller motorized vehicles like golf carts versus driving cars and trucks on the road. Unfortunately, golf cart accidents occur with frequency due to people joy riding, not paying attention to where they are driving and going too fast. Owning and operating a golf cart is a serious responsibility to prevent accidents, especially if you are operating a commercial business that allows workers or guests the use of golf carts. Make golf cart safety and safe driving a priority by initiating these golf cart driving tips.
Vehicle Maintenance And Upkeep
If the golf cart will be used on a daily basis by customers or workers, then an established inspection schedule should be formed that follows all manufacturer guidelines. The entire vehicle should be inspected for problems and taken out of service if an issue arises until the cart is properly repaired. Items to inspect include tire pressure, fluid leaks, missing or worn parts, steering, brakes and other mechanical and safety features. Then the right parts can be ordered so the golf cart can be put back into service.
Display Golf Cart Safety Guidelines To Employees and Guests
Safety guidelines should be displayed to every person who will have access and use of the golf carts. Employees should be trained on the guidelines so as to prevent accidents and to understand the proper procedure of reporting accidents. If you are allowing guests the use of the golf carts, employees should go over all golf cart driving guidelines so guests understand the rules before operating the vehicle. Some rules that your guests should know:
- Drive at safe speeds
- Always wear seat belts
- Always wait until passengers are seated and wearing their seat belts before driving
- Slow down during bad weather conditions
- Always take care when driving around bends, blind corners, down hills and in crowded areas
- Allow pedestrians the right of way
- No joy riding or horse play in the golf cart
Keeping your employees and guests safe when driving golf carts is your top priority. Ensure all safety measures are practiced daily.
Mention the phrase “golf carts” and most people think of taking leisurely rides along the green to the next tee during a fun game of golf. Yet golf carts have numerous uses besides conveying people along the golf course. These carts can be used for maintenance purposes, giving tours of the surrounding landscape or for merchandise retrieval from warehouses.
Maintenance Upkeep at Parks, Hotels and Resorts
Parks, hotels and resorts can have numerous areas on the commercial property such as recreational facilities, swimming pools, outdoor picnic areas and sports fields. All of these locations require constant maintenance. Unfortunately, maintenance workers can be hampered in their work when traveling to these locations on foot while carrying their tools and other maintenance equipment.
Golf carts allow maintenance workers to manage the upkeep of the grounds in a timely manner. They can carry all the equipment they need without feeling bogged down. Golf carts can increase their productivity, which results in better commercial operations for your resort, hotel or park.
If you operate a recreational facility or other organization that gives a guided tour of the grounds, golf carts can become the best touring vehicles. They can run either on paved ground, grass or loose stone without becoming stuck.
Ideal for smaller tours and showings, golf carts can come in larger sizes that accommodate six passenger and eight passenger seating. The golf carts are available in both electric and gas models as you can save on fuel and energy costs by using these smaller motorized vehicles.
When products are flying from the shelves by eager customers, warehouse personnel may need to retrieve more products quickly to replenish store stock. If you have a large warehouse, or a warehouse that is a separate building on the property, golf carts can allow workers to carry stock from the building to the main store. It can reduce accidents and worker injuries when the items can be placed in the cart and moved about the warehouse.
Consider all the other uses for golf carts that can give you numerous benefits for your business. You don’t have to operate a golf course to take advantage of these versatile vehicles.