Tragic Golf Cart Accident in Thomasville Reminds Us of Golf Cart Safety
A child tragically died from injuries that he received in an accident involving a golf cart according to WALB.com. The eight-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after the crash in Thomasville. At the time of the accident, an eleven-year-old was driving the golf cart while the eight-year-old and two other children rode on it. The kids were playing a game where they would exit the golf cart and run around it while it was being operated. Sadly, the eight-year-old was struck when he ran in front of the golf cart. The incident reminds all of us of the importance of safety around such vehicles.
Safe Driving Tips for Golf Carts
Many people believe that golf carts are slow-moving and relatively harmless. Anyone who drives a golf cart must use as much care and caution as those of other vehicles. Accidents involving golf carts can cause serious injury or death.
Perhaps the most basic rule for driving a golf cart safely is to remember that it is indeed a vehicle. This means that when you are driving a golf cart, you must obey all traffic laws and rules of the road. One of the most critical rules for driving any vehicle is that drivers may not operate it if they have consumed any amount of drugs or alcohol, and golf carts are no exception.
Distracted driving is just as much of an accident risk for golf cart drivers as it is for drivers of other vehicles, so drivers must avoid all types of distractions while they are behind the wheel. Wear your seat belt in the golf cart, and ask others riding in the cart with you to do the same. Never drive a golf cart that contains more people than there are seats. The back platform of the cart is not a seat, so do not permit anyone to sit or ride on it.
Passengers must remain seated inside of the golf cart while it is moving. The driver of the golf cart must use hand signals when turning because turn signals on golf carts are hard to see. Check blind spots carefully before turning and never make a left turn from the golf cart lane. Before you back up, turn and look behind you.
As you drive, maintain a safe speed, slow down to go around turns and avoid sudden stops and starts. If the road is wet, drive even more slowly. Also, be on the lookout for pedestrians. When you park the golf cart, take care to set the parking brake properly and remove the keys.
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