Street-Legal Golf Carts- What You Should Know

Cricket Carts are fun to drive and make work, leisure, and adventure pleasurable and easy. When you buy a golf cart, you should consider that the reasons for your purchase today may evolve. For instance, you may buy your golf cart to make yard work more manageable but later decide to use it for transportation around your community or for grandchildren to drive to the neighborhood pool.

It is good to consider all potential uses for a golf cart when deciding which one to purchase. Before you buy a cart with the idea of driving it around town, let’s look at what makes a golf cart street-legal so you’ll make the right decision for your needs.

What Makes A Golf Cart Street Legal

Chances are that you’ve seen people driving golf carts in your community, and most likely, you’ve shared the road with one or two golf carts while on vacation in resort areas. Golf carts were once vehicles limited to designated paths, and now they are used for general transportation on various types of roadways. Street-legal golf carts are increasingly becoming popular across the country as alternative transportation to vehicles.

Golf Carts Vs. Cars & Trucks

Golf cart usage on community, county, and state roads has increased exponentially over the last decade. The benefits of driving a golf cart can far outweigh those of traditional transportation for your commute, such as:

  • More affordable: Golf carts average significantly lower pricing than other vehicles. A brand-new car costs more than 300% more than a new golf cart.
  • More efficient: Golf carts are smaller and cost much less to manufacture and upkeep. Both electric and gas-powered golf carts are more fuel efficient than cars and trucks for shorter distances.
  • More fun: Cruising around in a golf cart is fun! Even the most mundane of tasks are more fun in a golf cart.
  • Versatility: A central selling point for street-legal golf carts is their versatility, transporting drivers and passengers on the golf course, community, rodeo, vacation, and almost anywhere between.

What A Golf Cart Needs To Be Considered Street-Legal

  • Horn
  • Turn Signals
  • Headlights
  • Tail Lights/ Brake Lights
  • Reflex Reflectors
  • Speedometer
  • Windshields
  • Rear View Mirrors
  • Parking Brakes
  • Seat Belts
  • Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)

Laws Regarding Street-Legal Golf Carts

The laws surrounding street-legal golf carts are still in their infancy, and many places are playing catch up. You must understand that rules vary between state, city, and community and can change regularly. One law that seems prevalent in most areas is that golf carts can have a max speed of 35 miles per hour on roadways. As we already outlined, other regulations govern the physical requirements a golf cart needs to be considered street-legal.

We recommend you look carefully at the laws in your state and make a checklist or cheat sheet of requirements and restrictions regarding street-legal golf cart driving before you head out on your adventure. If you have any questions regarding street-legal Captain Carts, we are happy to assist you in any way.