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Cruising around the golf course and getting to all the 18 holes is made easier with a golf cart, and the sport itself becomes less physically exhausting. Now, like most people, you probably think golf carts are designed only for players, but since golfers are people, we can conclude that golf carts can be driven by people who don’t play golf as well.
Why would you own a golf cart if you don’t live in a country club, you might ask. Well, we’ve summed up a few reasons to get yourself a golf cart.
It Is Eco-Friendly
Environmental consciousness is growing every day, as we have the chance of witnessing all the negative consequences human actions have left on this planet. Vehicles that guzzle petrol are especially responsible for the massive carbon footprint we make. Some people are choosing electric cars to be a part of the positive change, but unfortunately, not many can afford these vehicles.
Petrol-powered golf carts also emit carbon monoxide, but the amount can’t be compared with large SUVs and similar automobiles. If you want to be even more eco-conscious, you can get an electric cart that doesn’t produce carbon emissions. Because it has no gas tank, no engine, and no exhaust, an electric cart can be a “zero-emissions” mode of transportation.
It Is Budget-Friendly
The average price of a used car is around $25 000, and most people can’t afford that. On the other hand, the average price of a pre-owned golf cart is $3000. You can buy a new one for $6000, which is still a lot cheaper than a used automobile. Also, if you decide on an electric cart, you can save a lot of fuel money.
The Maintenance Is Simple
Just as any other machine, a golf cart needs to be maintained properly. Golf cart maintenance consists of a few simple steps:
- Cleaning the batteries (if the cart is electric) or the fuel lines (if it is petrol-powered)
- Checking the tire pressure
- Checking the pads and breaks
- Testing the lights
- Cleaning the cart
Driving and Finding a Parking Spot Made Easy
The small size of a golf cart enables you to drive to places that are normally difficult to access. For example, if you’re heading out to some off-the-road or narrow location such as a camping spot or a lakeshore, your cart can get you there. Also, a golf cart’s compact size makes it easier to find a parking spot and effortlessly fit your vehicle anywhere.
It’s Ideal for Neighborhood and Workplace Traffic
A walk around your neighborhood can be healthy and rewarding. But sometimes, you simply don’t have time to get all your chores done on foot. A golf cart can help you complete your chores faster and more efficiently. It’s also useful if you are visiting a store nearby and need to pick up groceries.
Also, if your company occupies a sizable piece of land and you spend a lot of time going from one building to another, consider getting a golf cart you will use only for work. It’s a good suggestion to make to your supervisors, as a couple of carts can save a lot of time and improve workplace productivity.
The Legal Requirements Are Basic
Golf carts are not street legal in all the states, and different states have some different requirements. However, they are getting more recognition, and meeting the federal requirements is not that complicated. Here are the things your cart needs:
- A license plate
- A speedometer
- A VIN
- Working headlights, brake lights, and turn signal lights
- DOT-approved tires, seat belts, and windshield wipers
- Interior and exterior-mounted mirrors
- Being able to travel at a speed of at least 20 miles per hour
The states where golf carts are not yet legal are Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Missouri, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. Other states allow street driving, but with some specific requirements.
It Is Fun
Finally, we can’t ignore the fun element of it all. Similar to driving a motorcycle or a convertible, a golf cart allows you to feel the fresh air in your hair and on your face. Of course, it’s much safer and slower than a motorcycle, but this can be good because you can enjoy the views while driving. Being behind a golf cart wheel makes you more connected to nature and provides a unique sense of freedom.
As you see, golf carts are not made exclusively for golfers. Don’t let the name fool you – they’re ideal for all of you nature lovers and money savers out there.