Golf carts are a popular mode of transportation for many people, but there are certain laws and regulations that must be followed when driving one. In the United States, many states require a driver's license to operate a golf cart, and most have minimum age requirements. In South Carolina, it is legal to drive a golf cart on streets and highways as long as certain laws are followed. These rules help keep the driver and passengers safe, and golf carts are often exempt from registration and insurance requirements.
It is important to note that golf carts can be classified as motor vehicles in some states, meaning that operators can be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. To operate on public roads, most states require that golf carts be equipped with a horn, brakes, headlights, taillights, reflectors, a rearview mirror, a slow-moving vehicle signal and a bicycle safety flag. Seat belts may also be required in some states. The appropriate age for driving a golf cart varies by state.
In some cases, counties or municipalities may designate parts of a barrier island to allow people to drive golf carts at night if they are equipped with working headlights and taillights. It is illegal to drive a golf cart under the influence of alcohol or drugs in most states. When operating a golf cart on public roads, the operator must have their driver's license, registration certificate and proof of civil liability insurance in their possession.