VHA Golf Car Safety Video
VHA Golf Car Safety Video

Hello, I’m Fred Briggs. On behalf of The Village’s
Homeowners Association. We thank you for joining us on today’s golf cart adventure.
The Villages is the world’s largest golf cart community and every day we enjoy
the unique opportunity to drive our golf carts to a variety of destinations. It’s
a fun and convenient way to get around and a large part of why we moved here in
the first place, whether this is the first time you’ve driven a golf cart or
it’s been awhile since your last ride. The Villages Homeowners Association
would like to share some information to make your new form of transportation as
safe and enjoyable as possible. We hope you enjoy. Hello I’m John Rohan, Director of
Recreation here in the Villages.There is so much to do and see here, and as many of
you know, many of our residents choose to get from place to place by golf cart.
Today we’ll discuss proper driving techniques, insurance, vehicle maintenance,
our multimodal paths and the role law enforcement here in our community plays.
Let’s get started. Learning about golf cart safety features
and equipment is key to successful driving. Over the next few minutes I’m
going to introduce you to the basics of golf cart and those Low-Speed Vehicles or
LSV’S as well as the tools that help enable safe vehicle operation. But before
we go with the safety features and equipment, let’s talk about the
differences between a golf cart and a Low-Speed Vehicle. It doesn’t matter if
you’re headed to a round of golf or dinner on Townsquare. The Villages’ offers
so many ways to make your way around town. Multimodal paths, neighborhood streets and
marked roadside lanes, allows drivers a safe and convenient way of getting from
place to place in a golf cart.Both Low- Speed Vehicles and golf carts can take
advantage of our multimodal paths throughout the community. While Low-Speed
Vehicles can’t be driven on the marked roadside golf cart and bike lanes, they can
be driven in the regular vehicle traffic lanes. To accommodate golf cart crossing
major roads in our hometown, the Villages offers bridges, tunnels and
designated golf cart crossing points. Examples include El Camino Real, County Road 466
and 466A and Morse Boulevard. Unlike golf carts LSV’S can cross these major roads
in a regular vehicle traffic lane. Hi, I’m Mark Gallo. I’m the Director and lead
instructor at the Village’s Homeowners Association Golf Cart Safety Training
program. Unlike golf carts, only licensed drivers can operate a Low-Speed Vehicle
which must also be registered, tagged and insured. Beside the standard safety
features, LSV’S are also required to have a roll bar assembly, windshield
wipers, upgraded brakes, back up light and seatbelts. It’s important to remember
that golf carts and LSV’S are motorized vehicles which must follow
the same basic traffic laws,signs and signals as
automobiles. If you wouldn’t do it while driving your car, you shouldn’t do it in
a golf cart or LSV. It’s helpful to know that the safety features and equipment
found on your golf cart or Low-Speed Vehicles are very similar to those
you’re familiar with on your cart. Both golf carts and LSV’S are required
to have headlights, rear brake lights and turn signals, creating a safer
environment for residents driving in the dark, low light or fog. It should be noted that there
is no hi-beam mode for your headlights. One noticeable
change for drivers is that the turn signal doesn’t cancel itself out once they
turn, it has to be done manually. Some golf cars are equipped with a beeper
that sounds or a light that comes on when your signals are used to serve as a
reminder to turn them off when finished. So do your best to remember to turn off
your blinker after you’ve rounded the corner, it helps keep everyone safe. The make,
model and year of your golf cart will determine the location of the horn.
Some are found on the floor to the left of your brake pedal and some on your instrument
stalk on the steering column. Side and rear view mirrors are required for
Low-Speed Vehicles but not golf carts. However, it is recommended that you get
them for your golf cart, making it easier to keep an eye out for surrounding vehicles. Mirrors come
in a wide variety of styles like the winking type rear view mirror that runs
the entire length of the golf cart and provides a panoramic view for the driver.
Side mirrors can be mounted inside or outside your golf cart with your turn signal
indicator reminder lights mounted within them, as an added option. Seat belts
fall under the same category as side and rear view mirrors required for
Low-Speed Vehicles but highly recommended for golf carts. Recent
statistics show that most golf cart injuries could be avoided with seat
belts, without them drivers and passengers are in danger of
ejection or by sharp-turns or collision. Seaty Belts re available for golf cart drivers in
several styles such as shoulder, retractable or standard. And remember Villages Homeowners
Association members receive a 15% discount on any safety equipment
installed on their golf carts at any of the three Villages golf cart store
locations. The Villages Lifelong Learning College
offers a class that allows you to dive more deeply into the large network of
golf cart thoroughfares in our community. And the best way to get to the hot spots
around town. If you feel you need some hands-on practice with your golf cart, we
recommend using some of the larger parking areas within the community to
practice and get comfortable. Regularly using a golf cart or Low-Speed Vehicle with
the right safety equipment installed, is the first step to safely exploring the
fun and beauty that make up the Villages. Hi, I’m Denise Hegarty with the Villages
Insurance. Purchasing insurance for your golf cart or Low-Speed Vehicle is an
important step in the ownership process. The Villages Insurance offers multiple
options to help protect the assets of their customers. One of the first big
purchases residents make when relocating to the Villages is their golf cart,
which quickly becomes a primary means of transportation. Golf carts are an enjoyable
way to get around town but they also create liabilities for things you might
not necessarily think about. From dented car doors to trips to the hospital, accidents happen and that’s why we
purchase insurance. Golf carts are covered by insurance in a few different ways. The
lowest form of coverage comes from your homeowners policy when you don’t endorse
the golf cart onto that policy. This particular coverage is quite limited and
fails to cover most things that residents use their golf carts for in our
community. The next option involves specifically
endorsing your golf cart onto your homeowners policy. While this provides
more coverage than the first option it still leaves a level of risk in the
unfortunate case of a bad accident. The Villages Insurance recommends the
purchase of a separate golf cart policy. These policies are relatively
inexpensive, they keep golf cart claims from affecting your homeowners policy and
provide a wide range of coverage options. The best protection for your assets is a
personal umbrella policy it is an inexpensive insurance that can overlay
millions of dollars of liability coverage overall of your activities and
assets. It’s recommended that you buy a separate stand-alone policy instead of
adding umbrella coverage to existing policies, this way if any changes occur
to your automobile or home insurance, your umbrella stays in place. The prices
are low and the coverages are exceptional for times when the unexpected happens
and you need that level of protection. Make sure your Insurance Advisor reviews
all of your policies including your golf cart policy to make sure that the
underlying coverages matchup with those required on the umbrella policy. It’s
important to note that a personal golf cart policy does not provide coverage if you are
renting out your home and the renters are using your golf cart, this requires a
separate policy. If this occurs feel free to contact an Advisor at the Village’s
Insurance to schedule an appointment. While insurance coverage is recommended
for your golf cart, it is required for Low-Speed Vehicles. In the eyes of
Insurance LSV’s are considered equivalent to cars which means they have
to be registered and tagged with the Department of Motor Vehicles. This also
means insurance is priced accordingly, making it more expensive to insure a
Low-Speed Vehicle than a golf cart. The pricing of LSV policies does take into
account your driving record and credit score. It’s important to remember that
modifying the speed of your golf cart doesn’t just cause problems with law
enforcement but also insurance. If it is determined that modification to your
golf cart affected the vehicle’s performance and contribute to an accident, insurance coverage can be
denied. No matter how you choose to insure your golf cart, we wish you fun and safe travels throughout our
hometown. The right maintenance enables both safe driving and a longer life for your golf cart.
It doesn’t matter if it’s gas or electric there are a few things to keep in mind
when owning and operating a golf cart here in the Villages. Hi, I’m Tommy Ritchie for the Village
Golf Cars. Today we’re going to discuss maintenance on your gas operated golf
cart. Using the proper fueling in your golf cart is very important. Using a non ethanol fuel cuts down on
corrosion and carbon buildup in the cart. The ideal power pressure, set by the
manufacturers of golf carts, is pretty easy to remember. Here in the villages we recommend
22 psi in the front, twenty-four in the rear. You can also check your sidewall rating to
see what you’re tires are rated for. Here in the Villages, we recommend that you service
your cart every two to three thousand miles or 100 hours. We’ll have a specialist
come out and work on your cart or in the shop and what they will check is the
brushes and starter generator, the belt tension and wear, the valve covers and valve
adjustments. It’s recommended that you have your oil changed every two to three thousand
miles. A technician will drain the oil, refill it and check it for proper level.
They will also at that time come to the pedal assembly, lubricate all the points,
check the brake cables. You will have no future problem with it. Hi I’m Glenn Berkhahn
with the Villages Golf Cars. Let’s talk about three things to keep in
mind when it comes to your electric cart and its batteries. Number One, how to charge
them, Number Two, how to keep them properly
filled and Number Three, what preventive maintenance you can do to give yourself that
long-term protection your looking for. In most cases we
recommend you charge your batteries after each use but do not discharge your
batteries completely. This can have a dramatic effect on their performance and
even cause early failure, so whether you’ve just golfed nine holes or have been
moving around the Villages for the day, when you get home plug your charger in
and let it go to a complete shut off. It’s always nice to start the next day
with a freshly charged set of batteries. About your charger, most
manufacturers do not recommend the use of extension cords, but, if you must use one,
make sure that the gauge of your extension cord is equal to or heavier
than your charger cord. And make your extension cord as short as possible in
order for it to reach the cart. Make sure to be careful when you’re working on
your batteries because they contain sulfuric acid which can be harmful, always wear your goggles and your safety gloves.
To check your battery water levels, you can remove the seat from this cart to open
up the battery compartment. You may have a single point watering system to which
you attach the jug to this connection, however, most carts do not have single
point watering systems, your batteries may have an individual cap and there should be
either 18 or 24 of them or it may have a bar with three of them that you pop off
the battery. You may have another type of bar which has four caps. Regardless
of which one you have, remove the caps and then we can check the water
level. If you find that you have a low cell
or cells where the water level is below the lead plates, add just enough water to
cover the lead plates then do your charge. When your charge is done to
completion now add more water to those cells to the
appropriate level that being about a half inch above the lead plates. Never fill the
batteries and then charge the cart, remember to use distilled water, it can be
found at most convenient and grocery stores. About every three months cart owners
should check their cart battery compartment for loose connections of the cables and
acid corrosion. Here we have one cable that’s loose and by taking a simple socket and
wrench, we can tighten that up so we have good contact between the battery and the
cable. Unlike gas golf carts, your electric cart does not use oil so no oil
changes are necessary. So with a little minor maintenance you can keep your golf
cart running great, whether for the golf course or for just traveling around the
Villages. If you need anymore help with your golf cart contact one of our golf cart specialists,
he’ll be glad to help you with any problems. Driving a golf cart around town is a new
experience for many people and learning your way around the Villages takes time
so take a minute to open a map and get familiar with the layout but don’t be
afraid to ask for directions if you’re lost or confused, residents are very
understanding are quick to help. It isn’t known as Florida’s Friendliest Hometown for nothing. Just like you get a speeding ticket in
your car, there are laws and penalties for operators of golf carts and low-Speed
Vehicles. Local law enforcement officials play an important role for drivers in
our community enabling a happy and safe lifestyle. Hello, I’m Lieutenant Siemer with the
Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. On behalf of your local officials we want to help you
enjoy your time spent here in the Villages. It is important to remember that operating
your golf cart or LSV on the roadways are the same as any other vehicle. Today we’ll go
over some of the necessary things you know making getting around the Villages
safe and easy. Remember to use both turn and hand signals. Sometimes items
in your golf cart can block the view of your rear signals, that’s why it’s important
to use your hand signal as well to help out surrounding drivers. Because no one ever
wants a speeding ticket, golf carts should travel at a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour while Low-Speed Vehicles shouldn’t exceed 25. Golf carts aren’t allowed on roads with posted speeds of 35 miles an hour or more, so please stay on a designated golf cart path. We also ask you to avoid distractions like cell phones while driving, as they can cause problems out on the road. It’s important that your
grandchildren have a memorable time here in the Villages. Anyone fourteen years
or older is welcome to drive a golf cart around town, just remember that everyone has
all the rules of the road no matter the age. Spend some time with your grandchildren and talk
about what they need to know in order to safely make their way throughout the community. Golf carts are
considered motor vehicles and are treated as such, individuals who have their
driving privileges cancelled, suspended, or revoked cannot operate a motor
vehicle on Florida roads. You don’t drink and drive in a car so there’s no reason to do
so in the golf cart or LSV. In order to avoid some serious consequences, we
encourage you to make safe choices while out having a good time with family and
friends. Now let’s go over a few safety tips to keep
in mind while traveling around town. Some golf cart paths are attached to the road
and the only thing separating the two is the painted line. When this happens, only
merge into vehicle traffic once it’s safe to do so. If you’re on a golf cart lane on
the side of the road and your encounter an exit gate with a roundabout just
beyond, do not proceed through the gate, there will always be a golf cart path to the
left right or both that you can enter without going through the gate. Proceed to
the path and not into the roundabout. Take care when it comes to making turns
in your golf cart in the community. If you intend to make a left hand turn while driving
your golf cart in the golf cart lane, you’ll first merge into the vehicle lane prior
to the turn, but only once it’s safe to do so. Put on your left hand turn signal and extend your left arm straight out, this informs cars traveling in your direction that you
want to merge into automobile traffic. Check your rearview mirror and look to
your left and behind to ensure that there is space for you to merge. Next, you will make the
left turn when oncoming lanes are clear. When driving in a golf cart lane and approaching streets to
you’re right, be aware of automobile traffic passing you.
One or more of those cars may want to make a right hand turn crossing your golf
cart lane in front of you. Please monitor their right turn signal, if the signal
is blinking they’re probably going to turn right in the near future and may
not be aware of you. Be prepared to stop and give way to the vehicle as it begins
a right turn. There are few safety tips to keep in mind while using the bridges and
tunnels in our hometown, please slow down and exercise caution when traveling under
bridges, as space can be tight and require a bit more attention. It is also
important to utilize the mirrors conveniently located at the tunnels
throughout the community. The mirrors offer expanded field of view for the driver
showing traffic in both directions this to help prevent drivers from making
unsafe wide turns when exiting the tunnels. I’m sure we’ve all seen drivers with the left leg
dangling while driving around. That is not something you want to do. Make
sure you keep your legs inside the vehicle. Also, please don’t let your passengers stand
while the golf cart or LSV is in operation. I want to remind everyone that while driving on a multi-model path you’ll encounter walkers, runners, bicycles and even skaters. It’s important to
remember that we share the paths in our community and showing courtesy can go a
long way. We’re here to help you with any troubles that may arise, call 911 in case of an
emergency and wait for help to arrive. Remember we’re here to answer any
questions that you may have while operating golf carts here in Florida’s Friendliest
Hometown. The ability to drive your golf cart pretty much anywhere in the
community is just one of the things that makes the Villages a unique and
exciting place to call home. By taking the time to learn about the operation
of your golf cart, available insurance options, correct vehicle maintenance, rules of the
multi-model paths and the law set in place to keep us safe, you’re helping create an
informed and safe driving environment. Enjoy cruising around in your golf cart.
We’ll see you soon around Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

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