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Do a lot of elderly Americans drive these little golf carts around? Or it just in warm climates?

MORE QUESTIONS: Do they actually own them? Take them into town? Do any of our own eldergays have one? Or do you know anyone who owns one?

When I first came to the USA in the 70s as a kiddie and saw them in the golf clubs I longed to drive one. I still do.

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by Anonymousreply 28Last Monday at 2:42 PM

Golf carts. Typically seen only in planned private retirement communities, and usually those with golf courses. You can't drive them on normal public roads. Many of these retirement communities, like The Villages, have their own shopping areas where you can drive them.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Sunday at 7:20 AM

OP, not that elderly but I lived in a coastal town where the locals had golf carts and we drove them everywhere. Mine had bigger than normal "mud" tires and a rear facing seat that flipped down with cargo space and a flat surface. Blinkers, rearview mirror, totally tricked out. We took it to eat, bar hop, go to the grocery/hardware store (I put a new trash can and other supplies on the back). The best thing was the cops tended to look the other way if we were driving with cocktails.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Sunday at 7:21 AM

They drive them in warm areas of the country in gated senior communities. For one thing, it’s hot walking in a place like Florida & snakes live in trees & can drop right down on you while walking. Fire ants can bite you while you’re walking in sandals. Seniors often have balance problems and they can use a golf cart rather than a cane. And best of all, they won’t get a DUI. All of these senior communities have bars, restaurants & clubhouses that serve alcohol. Oldies can get wasted while listening to the oldies and drive home in their golf carts.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Sunday at 7:23 AM

R3 - not true, you can get a DUI with a golf cart. You can also get a DUI on a bicycle.

Now if it is a gated community and their security looks the other way - that's one thing. But, you are not immune from arrest normally.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Sunday at 8:17 AM

You can drive them on public streets in Palm Springs. Not sure what their DMV classification is.

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by Anonymousreply 5Last Sunday at 9:18 AM

Golf carts have to follow the same rules as cars. They should yield to pedestrians and cyclists.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Sunday at 9:20 AM

I've seen some amusing customized carts in Palm Springs. If one is just driving around town not going great distances they're practical . Inexpensive as well.

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by Anonymousreply 7Last Sunday at 9:29 AM

r5's pic is Palm Desert, not Palm Springs. A world of difference. Palm Desert has a golf cart parade the same day as Pride in Palm Springs.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Sunday at 9:42 AM

I love this one (& many others) from r7's link

[quote]“A truly rare original…they don’t make them like this anymore!”

oops they won't let me link it

by Anonymousreply 9Last Sunday at 9:56 AM

In many subdivisions in the south, people drive them around.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Sunday at 9:59 AM

I did my graduate degree at Princeton. the undergraduates there were often spoiled rich kids who would spend winter break skiiing and break a leg,. they would be given the use of golf carts by the university to get around from class to class. Since the drinking culture there was so pronounced, they would get drunk and try to ram their golf carts into lampposts on weekend evenings, with the goal of bringing down the lightbulbs in them.

I never saw a group of more entitled idiots than at that school.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Sunday at 10:03 AM

Very common in the warmer climates with a population of people over 60. Certain cities in the Palm Springs area allow them on public streets. Also they are allowed on public sidewalks. Not a big deal, it is very uncommon to have an issue with one, as they know they would die instantly with the slightest impact of your car and their cart. They tend to be more aggressive within the gated communities at times. There is parking for them in shopping centers near gated communities. Not really a bad way to get around, minus the inherent danger of being t-boned by a truck.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Sunday at 10:13 AM

On Catalina Island, it's the only way to get around!

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by Anonymousreply 13Last Sunday at 10:21 AM

I work for an insurance company and we had an insured person who lived in this exact racist fucking community in florida that is at OP's link. He drove his golf cart into a lake

There's a LOT of retirees from NY/NJ that live there. All deplorables. Each and every one of them

by Anonymousreply 14Last Sunday at 10:33 AM

Some towns have been built specifically for golf cart usage. Here in Georgia we have Peachtree City, west of Atlanta. They have 90 miles of paths used mainly by golf carts. Residents can leave their house in their cart and drive directly to the shops and big box stores on the paths. I have a friend who lives out there and she dearly loves being able to shop without having to crank the car up.

Margaret Cho lived there during her years filming Drop Dead Diva. May still live there for all I know.

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by Anonymousreply 15Last Sunday at 10:50 AM

Honestly, I wouldn’t mind living in a car-free community like that when I’m old. But obviously not one filled with deplorables. Hopefully most of them will be dead soon.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Sunday at 11:04 AM

They drive them on the roads in the Sun Cities and Scottsdale. Just a few weeks ago there was a vehicle/golf car accident. Doesn't turn out very well.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Sunday at 11:15 AM

r12 How could you drive a golf cart on a sidewalk? Most sidewalks wouldn't be wide enough, and there are curbs.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Sunday at 11:57 AM

A lot of homes in more upscale retirement communities have a separate space and door to the garage specifically for golf carts. Along with a charging set-up, as well.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Sunday at 11:57 AM

I live in a multi building condo complex in the Chicago area. There are full time complex maintenance staff members.

Although we have a pickup truck for bigger jobs (and some snow plowing) some years back the PTB decided to try out a golf cart to be used by the maintenance staff. They loved it and apparently argued which of them would use it. As a result, we now have more than one golf cart used by maintenance to allow for faster movement between buildings. Much more efficient time wise and also I think for carrying tools on board.

I think they attach a step ladder to the back of the cart and, probably some commonly needed items, light bulbs, perhaps.

The carts are parked in one of the building's garages over night.

It's very common to see the guys zooming around from place to face.

Both energy efficient and time efficient for our use.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Sunday at 12:36 PM

^ should be "place to place".

by Anonymousreply 21Last Sunday at 12:45 PM

It's fun. My Dad lived in FL and they used these to get around. Not legal on the streets, but you can go the the shopping plaza adjacent to the complex, so groceries, pharm, barber, chinese food, pizza, dry cleaning and LIQUOR, Liquor, liquor, the only way to retire in FL.

by Anonymousreply 22Last Sunday at 12:57 PM

You have to be drunk off your ass on a golf cart for a cop to give you a DUI in the villages. Like 3x the limit and running-over-people’s-pink-flamingoes- drunk. They don’t have golf cart sobriety checkpoints on holiday weekends. You won’t see cop cars hiding behind the viburnum bushes waiting to pull people over when they’re putt-putting home from the poolside bar & grill.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Sunday at 1:20 PM

[quote] try out a golf cart to be used by the maintenance staff.

Aren’t those Cushmans?

by Anonymousreply 24Last Sunday at 1:22 PM

Sounds good for relaxed errands. How long does the power charge last for?

by Anonymousreply 25Last Sunday at 8:07 PM

You should charge them every night R25 but you can run around all day on a full charge.

by Anonymousreply 26Last Monday at 7:43 AM

BBW on scooty-puffs are a lot more common.

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by Anonymousreply 27Last Monday at 7:49 AM

No, R24.

They are golf carts.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Monday at 2:42 PM
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