Road Tips for Staying Safe with Your Golf Cart Rental

Key West golf cart rentals are a great way to get around Key West because they’re compact and easy to get in and out of. Many visitors rent one of these vehicles instead of walking or driving their car around the island. However, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on the rules of driving a golf cart before you get behind the wheel. 

What Roads Can You Drive Your Key West Golf Cart Rental On?

Golf carts are considered low-speed vehicles, affecting the roads on which they can be driven. While driving a golf cart in Key West, you can only go on roads with a speed limit of 30 MPH or less. However, golf carts can cross a road with a speed limit of up to 45 MPH – they just can’t drive on those roads. 

Golf carts aren’t allowed to be driven on the sidewalks on the island. They must stay on either vehicle roads or multi-use paths. 

What Speed Can You Drive Your Golf Cart?

Golf carts have their own speed limit throughout the island. When behind the wheel, you cannot drive your golf cart over 20 MPH, regardless of the posted speed limit. Fortunately, most roads on the island have lower speed limits, so this shouldn’t feel too limiting. 

Can You Drive Your Golf Cart at Night?

In general, golf carts are only designed for daytime use. However, if a golf cart has the proper safety features, it can be driven at night. 

You can drive your golf cart when it’s dark outside if it has all the following:

  • Headlights
  • Brake lights
  • Turn signals
  • A windshield

How Old Do You Have to Be to Drive a Golf Cart?

Florida state law requires all golf cart drivers to be at least 14. However, many rental companies may have an age limit specific to their company. For example, A&M Rentals requires all golf cart renters to be 21 or older.

What Safety Equipment Does a Golf Cart Need to Have?

To ensure the safety of all occupants, there are certain elements all golf carts must have to be street-legal in Key West. Ensure your golf cart has all the following features:

  • Ability to reach speeds of 20 to 25 MPH
  • Has a vehicle identification number (or VIN)
  • Headlights
  • Front and rear turn signals
  • Tail lights
  • Brake lights
  • Red reflectors are located on each side and the back of the vehicle
  • Exterior mirror on the driver’s side
  • Either an interior mirror or an external mirror on the passenger side
  • Parking brake
  • Windshield
  • Seatbelts in all seats

A&M Rentals Offers Golf Carts and More

Make sure you put safety and regulation ahead of everything else. This will ensure you’re playing it safe, and your chances of injuring someone or being injured will decrease significantly. A&M Rentals has the best selection of Key West golf cart rentals and Key West electric car rentals. We offer more than just Key West golf cart rentals, however. We also offer Key West moped rentals, Key West scooter rentals, and even Key West bike rentals. At A&M Rentals, we have it all. Check out our full selection of Key West golf cart rentals here, or the rest of our website to learn more. 

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