Do You Know the Rules and Regulations for Golf Carts in Myrtle Beach?

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How to Cruise Around The Grand Strand Like A Local


It’s a common sight along our Grand Strand coast to see residents and vacationers blissfully cruising the avenues in golf carts. Locals to the Myrtle Beach area consider golf carts as the preferred method of transportation to accommodate our laid back, coastal way of life. With the salt air blowing in your face and the freedom to stop and mingle with neighbors on your way home from dinner, owning a golf cart offers convenience and extra opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you just moved within a golf course community or not, chances are you live in a community were a golf cart can replace the car for many of your day-to-day errands.

New To The Golf Cart Scene?

Golf carts are perfect for making quick trips around town whether it be to the grocery store, your favorite restaurant, the golf course, or the beach. Many beach accesses have specified golf-cart-friendly parking spots making it easy to enjoy a few hours or a whole day relaxing with the sand between your toes, and not in your car! Golf carts are considered a vehicle and it’s important to learn the rules of maneuvering around town if you decide to get a golf cart.

Here’s the scoop on South Carolina laws you need to know: {For more information, check out our Relocation Magazine, The TIDES}

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  • A five year permit and registration must be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Decal should be displayed on the windshield.
  • Driving is permitted during daylight hours within 4 miles of your home on secondary highways and streets with a 35 mph or less speed limit.
  • Crossing primary roads is allowed, however, restrictions may apply. Be sure to check your local city laws.
  • Drivers must be 16 years of age and hold a valid driver’s license.
  • Liability insurance is required.
  • The same laws that prohibit the use and possession of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle apply to the operation of a golf cart, including passengers.
  • Seating capacity cannot be exceeded.

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Since golf cart laws may vary from area to area, it’s best to consult with one of our Real Estate Professionals who can help you find out about your communities specific rules and regulations. If you’re considering relocating to the area and would like to purchase a golf cart, Ocean Lakes Golf Cars is a trusted partner of TIDES magazine and Living Dunes providing a variety of new, custom, used, and reconditioned golf cart options to suit your lifestyle and leisure activities.

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