When looking for street legal golf carts for sale, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not checking out your local laws and regulations. See, regardless of whether you are in Tallahassee, Florida or Charleston, South Carolina, there are rules set in place regarding the use of golf carts.
And although most of these rules are self-explanatory, there are quite a few that are not. To ensure you do not fall into one of these legal booby traps after purchasing one of those cheap golf carts for sale, we compiled the following guide. Read on to get a better idea of what is, and is not, acceptable to do when riding in your new or used golf cart.
Regardless of whether you purchase a used street legal ezgo golf cart or a new street legal Bintelli golf cart, said vehicle must not be able to go over 25 mph. These golf carts for sale are classified as low speed vehicles and require the vehicle to be tagged and titled.
This means the vehicle and occupants are subject to the following Federal requirements.
- Have up-to-date and valid insurance
- Possess a real driver’s license
- Pay for LSV registration
That said, it is important to note there are some exceptions to the speed rule. So, be sure to check your local area to confirm whether or not there are any legal loopholes to bypass the regulations we mentioned above.
Must Have Features
Even if your Charleston golf cart can only go 20 mph, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, still requires the following equipment to be installed for the golf cart to be classified as street legal:
- Turn Signals
- Rearview Mirrors
- Vehicle Identification Number
Although most of the items listed above are typically included, it is worth double checking prior to purchase. After all, there is no point in buying a used golf cart if it is not street legal.
Banned From Certain Roadways
In general, slow moving vehicles, such as an Ezgo golf cart or a club car, are dangerous in areas with higher speed limits. Due to this, golf carts are generally prohibited from driving on roads where the speed limit is 35 mph or higher.
That said, there is usually one exception to this rule. Crossing.
Golf cart drivers are permitted to drive across a road, regardless of the designated speed limit. By allowing this loophole, officials ensure club car and other cart operators are able to migrate from one area to another without having to load the vehicle up into a truck or trailer to do so.
Headlights Mean I Can Drive Whenever, Right?
Unfortunately, even with proper lighting, some areas forbid nighttime driving. Bear in mind, this decision is likely in response to past accidents. As in, the rule is an attempt to prevent future incidents from happening. Nevertheless, knowing when it is safe to drive your golf cart is important for avoiding fines and keeping yourself out of harm’s way. If you have registered your vehicle as a low speed vehicle, you can drive it during day or night time hours. If your golf cart for sale is registered simply as a golf cart, it can only be driven during the day.
For more information or to set up a golf cart demo, contact Bintelli Powersports at (843) 405-8366. Bintelli’s Charleston Golf Cart Dealership services Charleston, West Ashley, John’s Island, James Island, Sullivan’s Island, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, North Charleston, Hanahan, Ladson, Summerville, and the rest of South Carolina!