Let’s face it – life on the golf course can be a whirlwind of activity, with utility vehicles and golf carts zooming back and forth throughout the day as your crew tackles their tasks. Amid this everyday commotion, it’s easy to forget that these seemingly simple vehicles come with their own set of risks and dangers, so make sure your crew is fully clued in on essential utility vehicle safety before they start operating these machines.

Driving a golf cart might SEEM like a straightforward task, but underestimating the power of these vehicles can lead to serious accidents and injuries. Whether your crew is hauling supplies, getting from Point A to Point B, or bringing vehicles in to charge and refuel, safety should always be our top priority. To help you put the appropriate measures in place, we’ve put together 5 essential utility vehicle safety tips to help keep you and your crew safe.

1) Maintenance Matters

Daily inspections, tire checks, and fluid level assessments sure don’t sound fun, but they’re an absolutely essential part of vehicle safety. Remember, a well-maintained vehicle is a reliable one. Make sure your crew knows how to keep their vehicles in good condition, ensuring that they’re cleaned daily and regularly inspected for any safety issues. A little TLC goes a long way in keeping your wheels spinning smoothly.

2) Rules of the Road

A utility vehicle isn’t a toy – it’s a piece of heavy machinery that demands your full attention. From keeping their eyes on the road to checking their surroundings before making any moves, your crew should always operate these vehicles safely. Make sure everyone on your team understands all the essential safety rules when driving utility vehicles. These include measures like always keeping their seatbelts on, making sure they take corners slowly, practicing care when loading and moving cargo, and keeping their arms and legs in the vehicle at all times.

3) Refuel Safely

Gas, diesel, or electric – whatever fuels your fleet, it should be handled with care. It’s important that your crew is well-trained in fueling operations, following proper safety procedures to prevent accidents. Charging in well-ventilated areas, wearing the proper protective gear, and following strict protocols are non-negotiables. From gasoline spills to battery charging hazards, attention to detail can mean the difference between a smooth operation and a costly mishap.

 

4) Mind the Terrain

Not all golf course terrain is created equal. Your crew should always practice caution when navigating safety vehicles across your facility. When possible, they should avoid driving on steep slopes, unstable terrains, and drop-offs, which increase the risk of the vehicle rolling over. Remind them to drive slowly and carefully when approaching adverse driving conditions, such as rough ground or wet surfaces. If they drive too quickly under these conditions, the vehicle may tip, resulting in serious injury or even death.


5) Continuous Training
Safety training isn’t a one-time event, it’s an ongoing commitment to keeping your crew sharp and your operations running smoothly. From refresher courses on vehicle operation to updates on safety protocols and procedures, investing in regular training ensures that everyone on your team is equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe on the job. So, don’t let safety take a back seat – make continuous training a priority and keep your crew at the top of their game.

Safety should always be par for the course at your facility. At Golf Safety, we’re here to support your safety initiatives every step of the way. We’re dedicated to helping you navigate the twists and turns of safety compliance with our custom safety plans, designed to keep your crew safe and help your course run smoothly!


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