Officer & Drivers Safety (Lesson 25 of 25)
The security officer should, before operating the golf cart, check tires for proper condition and inflation. The operator should check proper brake operation and also check for any indication of battery fluid leaks (such as wet spots under the unit). If the golf cart is in need of repair or maintenance, the unit should not be used and taken to get serviced.
Operating the Golf Cart
The following rules should be observed when operating or using a golf cart:
- Never leave the keys in the golf cart when unattended.
- Always lock and secure the golf cart when it is not being used, such as when storing overnight.
- Never back up without looking to see what is behind the cart.
- Never shift gears while the vehicle is in motion.
- Never operate the golf cart with more passengers aboard than the golf cart is designed to accommodate.
- Always obey all traffic rules and regulations. Never exceed the safe speed limit.
- Reduce speed to compensate for inclines, pedestrians, and weather conditions.
- Maintain adequate distance between vehicles.
- Approach sharp or blind corners with caution. Operator and passengers should always wear seat belts.
- Keep hands, legs, feet and arms inside the confines of the golf cart when it is in motion.
- Use a tow bar only when towing a golf cart.
When recharging the batteries, the following safety rules should be observed:
- Do not smoke near the recharge station.
- Only an approved battery charger should be used to recharge the batteries (one that is designed to shut off automatically once the batteries are fully charged.)
- Do not recharge near an open flame or any source of ignition.
- Before cleaning up any spills, be sure to pour baking soda on all battery acid fluid first.
- If skin comes into contact with battery acid, be sure to wash thoroughly with cool water.
- Disconnect all battery charger cords before using the golf cart.