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Rules of the Road for Golf Carts in Florida

Brubaker Injury Law

February 20, 2024

Golf carts are a common sight in Florida, especially in retirement communities, beach towns, and residential neighborhoods. However, operating a golf cart on public roads requires adherence to specific rules and regulations. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, understanding these guidelines is essential to ensure safety and compliance:

1. Where Can You Drive a Golf Cart?

  • Designated Roads: Golf carts can operate on designated roads with a posted speed limit of 30 mph or less.
  • Local Ordinances: Compliance with local ordinances is crucial. Some cities or counties may have additional restrictions or permissions regarding golf cart use.

2. Age Requirements

  • Operators Must Be at Least 14 Years Old: Only individuals aged 14 and older can legally operate a golf cart on public roads.
  • Valid Learner’s Driver License or Driver License: Operators under 18 years old must possess a valid learner’s driver license or a valid driver license.

3. Equipment Requirements

  • Safety Features: Golf carts must be equipped with:

-Efficient brakes

-Reliable steering apparatus

-Safe tires

-A rearview mirror

-Red reflectorized warning devices in both the front and rear

4. Prohibited Areas

  • Highways and Roads with Speed Limits Over 30 mph: Golf carts are not allowed on highways or roads with speed limits exceeding 30 mph.
  • Interstates and Limited-Access Facilities: Golf carts are strictly prohibited on interstates and limited-access facilities.

5. Crossing Roads

  • Intersection Crossings: Golf carts may cross a portion of a county road that intersects a roadway approved for golf carts or intersects a golf course or mobile home park.

6. Safety Tips

  • Stay in Designated Areas: Stick to designated roads and avoid venturing onto highways or busy thoroughfares.
  • Obey Traffic Signs and Signals: Follow traffic signs, signals, and right-of-way rules.
  • Use Hand Signals: Use hand signals to indicate turns.
  • Be Visible: Ensure your golf cart has working headlights, taillights, and turn signals.
  • Avoid Distractions: Stay focused while operating the golf cart.

Remember that while golf carts offer convenience and fun, safety should always be the top priority. Familiarize yourself with local regulations and enjoy cruising around Florida responsibly.

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