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The drivers swapping their cars for GOLF CARTS to avoid high gas prices
dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7-4-12

Posted on 07/04/2012 5:00:44 AM PDT by rawhide

Some people will go to extreme measures to save money these days, as the residents of one southern state have proven.

South Carolinians are celebrating a new law coming into force, allowing them to drive fuel-efficient golf carts up to four miles from their homes.

Previously the buggies were allowed to be driven just two miles on public roads, but Governor Nikki Haley has signed the law and it will come into effect from October

Owners of the open-sided vehicles will be let loose on the streets among cars and trucks, and the change has been welcomed by residents, eager to ditch their gas-guzzling vehicles in favour of the carts.

Most of the residents at Sun City own golf carts, including Mike Zipes who told the news channel: ‘Four miles seems great and just perfect’.

The carts are forbidden to be driven on major roads, or at speeds in excess of 35 mph, but critics fear the restrictions could prove fruitless

Other rules surrounding the carts will remain in force, including that drivers must be aged 16 or over. Carts are also prohibited from being driven on roads at night.

All but four states in the U.S. allow the controversial vehicles to be driven on public roads, including Alaska and Texas where speeds of up to 45 mph may be reached.

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TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cart; golf
Neat! I did not know that all but 4 states allow these golf carts to be driven on public roads. I knew you could drive these things in retirement/golf communities, but not public roads away from these special communities. Anyone out there use one of these things?
1 posted on 07/04/2012 5:00:53 AM PDT by rawhide
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2 posted on 07/04/2012 5:01:48 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Good idea, but they still won’t boost sales of the Volt.


3 posted on 07/04/2012 5:05:01 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: rawhide

In Alaska you will absolutely never see any golf cart on a major highway, but you will see the off road versions off the side of the road bouncing through ruts, water and mud at breakneck speeds, they do go through town but at a speed limit.

Those sportier covered large ATV carts are selling like hotcakes in Alaska.


4 posted on 07/04/2012 5:06:40 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Is your state Obamacare free yet?)
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To: rawhide

Is there any reciprocity agreement? Can I drive a four wheel drive pickup on a golf course?


5 posted on 07/04/2012 5:07:20 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: rawhide

So here’s the question:

If a golf cart hits a Smart Car, who wins????


6 posted on 07/04/2012 5:11:16 AM PDT by BobL
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7 posted on 07/04/2012 5:11:28 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: BobL
"If a golf cart hits a Smart Car, who wins????"

The lawyers.

8 posted on 07/04/2012 5:17:17 AM PDT by Truth29
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9 posted on 07/04/2012 5:17:42 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: rawhide

In The Villages (Florida), where my parents live, there is a significant but carefully covered-up number of auto vs. golf-cart collisions. Booting out the Democrats and producing more and cheaper gas is a much wiser way to approach this issue, imo.


10 posted on 07/04/2012 5:24:07 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and bring me safe to His heavenly kingdom.")
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Why is this “neat”? Now they can take their unlicensed vehicle out on the roads and tie up real cars as they meander down the road for 4 miles.

These are people who own huge SUVs and 300+ hp sedans that get crappy gas mileage and, if you sugest they buy an economical car, they get angry and start screaming about their right to own whatever they want. But, then they drive a golf car on the street to save money on gas and impose on the rest of us. I live in an area where these selfish pricks drive their carts on the street. They run stop signs, pull out into traffic as if they were in their high performance car and don’t care about who has to slam on brakes to keep from hitting them. And if traffic is running slow, they just drive up on the sidewalk and use that too!

If they want to travel up to 4 miles economically, they should get a bicycle!


11 posted on 07/04/2012 5:24:44 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Truth29

“”If a golf cart hits a Smart Car, who wins????””

A Winner!!!


12 posted on 07/04/2012 5:27:19 AM PDT by BobL
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To: rawhide

I don’t know how legal it is but they’ve been driving golf carts around my Michigan hometown for better than 20 years. It started with the owner of the local golf course naturally. When he replaced the old carts with new he sold the old to friends and neighbors.

Its a little rural town off the main roads and the speed limit in town is only 25 anyway.


13 posted on 07/04/2012 5:36:02 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Pollster1

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-07-03/chevy-volt-leads-u-dot-s-dot-plug-in-car-sales-as-leaf-slows


14 posted on 07/04/2012 5:43:21 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Bryanw92

I think it is neat because I can charge a golf cart at my home and use it for short errands around town, never having to worry about filling it up with gas.

I did a little googling about licensing and I found at least one state, AZ, requires you to have a license on your golf cart and a license to drive it, if you drive it on a public road. I would think other states perhaps similar requirements, including perhaps an insurance requirement.

With that being said, I think it is a neat way to save money and not worry about the cost of gas.

As far as your argument about careless drivers, well, that is another issue, but it does not mean these golf carts cannot be a blessing to many people.


15 posted on 07/04/2012 5:44:30 AM PDT by rawhide
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Golf cart have no lights, no signals, no seat belts, no horn, no license plates, no windshield wipers, no side impact protection or airbags. Lastly, don’t all states require insurance. If I am not mistaken, a car has to have all of these things in operational condition in order to operate on our roads. Why is a golf cart exempt? What happens when a golf cart runs over a pedestrian? If we use this logic, I should be able to use a dirtbike or a gocart to run my errands.


16 posted on 07/04/2012 6:00:21 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: rawhide

I live in SC and see golf carts everywhere in my neighborhood. It’s the norm. Folks who drive them are responsible and careful. No problems. It’s a way of life. I want one!!


17 posted on 07/04/2012 6:06:38 AM PDT by dubyajam ("Life is Hard ... It's Even Harder When you're Stupid" --- John Wayne)
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To: rawhide
Vastly more capable, faster, more maneuverable

You can drive it to Sturgis, if you wish, day and night

A little cold in the winter, wet in the rain

Piaggio MP3 500

18 posted on 07/04/2012 6:10:59 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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Golf cart have no lights, no signals, no seat belts, no horn, no license plates, no windshield wipers, no side impact protection or airbags. Lastly, don’t all states require insurance. If I am not mistaken, a car has to have all of these things in operational condition in order to operate on our roads. Why is a golf cart exempt? What happens when a golf cart runs over a pedestrian? If we use this logic, I should be able to use a dirtbike or a gocart to run my errands.

Think about it this way. Is the auto industry severly overregulated, driving up the price of vehicles far beyond what consumers are willing to pay? Are consumers willing to trade more risks to their personal safety in order to get vastly cheaper, more economical transportation? If they are, why does the government prefer the overregulated models, and want to force us into them?

19 posted on 07/04/2012 7:31:17 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: rawhide

Figure the cost per mile from the increased electric bill; I’ll guess that savings are minimal or non-existent.


20 posted on 07/04/2012 8:55:55 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of LibertyI'm st! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: rawhide
I did a little googling about licensing and I found at least one state, AZ, requires you to have a license on your golf cart and a license to drive it, if you drive it on a public road. I would think other states perhaps similar requirements, including perhaps an insurance requirement.


In AZ, I believe the “golf cart” must be registered as a NEV - Neighborhood Electric Vehicle - and is limited to roads signposted at 35 mph or less. They do have limited safety equipment such as lights, seat belts and wipers.

Towns may have specific ordinances allowing true golf carts to use bike lanes or roads, but only in smaller areas.

There were a lot around since the state "gave" them away for 100% tax credit around 2000.

21 posted on 07/04/2012 9:06:55 AM PDT by az_gila
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“Figure the cost per mile from the increased electric bill; I’ll guess that savings are minimal or non-existent.”

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This.

My guess is these people are deluding themselves.....


22 posted on 07/04/2012 9:13:04 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: Eye of Unk

More and more roads are being opened up for ATV’s here in NE Washington state. Only restricted on major federal and state highways. They’re very popular in this area, with miles and miles of logging trails throughout the forests.


23 posted on 07/04/2012 9:17:29 AM PDT by gunner03
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To: Vince Ferrer

Is the auto industry severly overregulated, driving up the price of vehicles far beyond what consumers are willing to pay?

I will disagree with you on that. Consumers like having safe cars, car makers know that it sells cars. I buy cheaper cars, always new and keep until they fall apart. I recently had to buy a new car, a 2012 CRV EX - $23600 - my 1997 CRV EX cost me $22095 - the amount of features that my new one has blows my old one away, especially when you consider I paid $1500 more. I will agree with you on the upper end models of GM.


24 posted on 07/05/2012 12:24:14 PM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: rawhide

Still saving up for my Harley..


25 posted on 07/05/2012 12:27:57 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Holding my nose one more time to get rid of Eric Holder)
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Still saving up for my Harley..

Now that is the way to drive and save gas. However, my Harley - V-Rod only get 35 to 40 mpg, where as my Honda Shadow ACE gets 55 to 60 mpg


26 posted on 07/06/2012 9:58:49 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: JimRed
Figure the cost per mile from the increased electric bill; I’ll guess that savings are minimal or non-existent.

Let's see about that. My car gets around 15 mpg in the city, but that's probably below average. Let's say the average car gets 20 mpg in the city. These golf carts can drive four miles on the road (I assume that's one way), so to make things easy, let's assume that the store is 2.5 miles away (5 miles round trip).

Gas is about $3.25 a gallon where I live. If I get 20 miles a gallon, it costs me $.81 cents in gas to drive to the store and back. If you're getting 15 miles a gallon, which might be more realistic for that type of stop and go driving, it's $1.08. We'll ignore the other costs of driving (the IRS gives businesses $0.55 per mile) to make it easy.

Golf cars go about 20 miles on a charge. According to the below site, it takes 5 hours to fully recharge a battery at a 1.2 kilowatt hour. My electric bill is about $.08 per kilowatt hour. So a full 5 hour charge costs $0.48, from which I can make 4 trips to the store. Each trip costs $0.12.

That's not a bad savings.

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27 posted on 07/06/2012 10:22:24 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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