Driving other vehicles
There are special safety considerations when operating a motor home, including propane usage and storage, vehicle and content weight, tires, towing, electrical system, fire prevention and motor fuel options. For more information, click here or visit these Web sites, http://www.fabuloustravel.com/usa/article/21706, http://www.rv-life-and-travel.com, http://www.rversonline.org.
Training may also be available from your local motor home dealer. To find training near you, click here or visit http://www.rvsafety.org.
Golf carts are becoming a popular way for seniors to get around particularly in retirement communities. While these carts do not travel at high speeds, they can be dangerous. When driving a golf cart, follow these simple rules.
- Ensure the brake is locked into place before starting.
- Put the key in the ignition and turn it to the “on” position. Most golf carts are electric so you will not hear it start. Always assume the cart is running when in the “on” position.
- Put the cart in gear. Most carts have two gears – “F” for forward and “R” for reverse.
- Gently press on the gas until you hear the brake come out of the locked position. Carts start off at their full horse power, so expect a jolt.
- Slow down when making sharp turns because carts can topple over easily.
- Keep both hands on the steering wheel when making turns because power steering is not a standard feature.
- Remove the keys when the cart is not in use.
Electric personal assistive mobility devices
Electric personal assistive mobility devices are power-assisted devices for mobility such as wheelchairs, scooters and more recent innovations such as the Segway™ Human Transporter. These devices make everyday life easier for someone who is partially or completely immobile. Follow the general rules of the road when using these devices just as you would if riding a bicycle.