Don’t Get Stuck in the Rough
“Three people died when a golf cart collided with a Jeep Cherokee in Pasco County, Florida on Saturday.” Unfortunately, headlines like this are becoming more frequent.
Even though the average speed is around 15 miles per hour, 13,000 people each year are sent to the emergency room due to golf cart-related injuries according The Consumer Product Safety Commission. Who is going to pay those medical costs? It could be your golf course or gated community! By implementing proper policy you can help keep drivers safe and protect your bottom line
A Successful Hole Begins With an Accurate Driver
- Driver must have a valid, current driver’s license.
- Driver must not be under the influence.
- Driver must sign a formal hold harmless agreement.
- New driver must pass a road test and receive formal instructions.
By taking the extra minute to verify ID & sign signatures, you may keep your business in business.
There Are No Mulligans While Driving
So a driver has passed your initial check, how do you keep them from staying safe while operating the vehicle? Establishing operating rules not only provides direction upfront for the operator, but also serves as a friendly reminder while they drive by placing stickers on all carts. Rules should include:
- Avoid sharp turns, and slow down on slopes and before corners.
- Do not operate the cart until all passengers are seated.
- Drive with no more passengers than the cart can safely accommodate.
- Drive in designated areas only.
- Keep hands and feet in the cart at all times.
- Maintain a safe distance between golf carts.
- Refrain from using mobile devices while driving.
- Remain seated while the cart is in motion.
- Set brakes before leaving the cart.
- Use caution when the course is wet or muddy.
- Yield to pedestrians and oncoming traffic on main roads.
Your Game Is Not the Only Thing in Need of Maintenance
Accidents are not always the fault of the operator. To prevent overturning or collisions, a trained maintenance staff should perform routine maintenance on vehicles and indicate hazardous road conditions including:
- Barricade or rope off hazardous driving areas–inspect daily.
- Post signs in visible locations with no obstructions to direct cart traffic.
- Self-inspect and maintain cart paths, while documenting any issues.
- Indicate sharp turns, steep inclines, and drop offs with clear signage or prohibit use in these areas.
- Follow manufacturer-recommended maintenance and document any service work in a formal cart log.
- Check brakes, steering and tires before every use to ensure safety before passing the vehicle to a driver.
- Install speed bumps and stop signs to warn cart operators if cart paths cross public roads or access drives.
By implementing these policies, managers can create peace of mind and enhance the experience for golfers. For added protection, consider investing in a golf course insurance policy or contact us to learn more about how to keep your golf course safe.
Do you work on a golf course? Are you an avid golfer? What safety precautions would you add to the list? Please feel free to share in the comments below.