More golf carts are hitting the streets of North Carolina

From the grocery store to the carpool line, Graham Day relies on his golf cart to get around downtown Raleigh.

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North Carolina is the fifth most popular state for people looking to buy a golf cart, according to Club Car

Street-legal golf carts can only be driven on roads with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less

The average price of a new Club Car is between $7,000 and $12,000

Day is a father of two and bought a Club Car brand golf cart about a year ago.

“It was great driving around the neighborhood, running errands, picking up the kids from school,” Day said.

In addition to being practical, it has been a benefit for saving money at the pump.

Gas in North Carolina is breaking records, with prices per gallon hitting more than $1.60 from a year ago, according to AAA.

“I haven’t calculated how much I’ve saved given that it’s an electric vehicle versus a gas-powered car, because inflation has gone up and the prices of gasoline have gone up, it’s definitely made driving that and using an electric vehicle a much bigger benefit for sure,” Day said.

Street-legal golf carts can be driven on roads with speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less in North Carolina. They must also be electric and fully equipped with headlights, turn signal, brake lights and seat belt.

“Over the past two years, speed limits in the city of Raleigh have come down, making it much more accessible for low-speed vehicles like golf carts to get around town,” Day said.

He said his Club Car can go about 20 miles on a full charge.

“There’s not a lot of maintenance, making sure the tires are filled with air, keeping them clean, the batteries last long enough,” Day said.

On average, a battery can last up to seven years before needing replacement on an electric golf cart.

The Day family aren’t the only ones turning to low-speed electric vehicles. According to Club Car, North Carolina is the fifth most popular state for people looking to purchase a golf cart.

For families who may be considering a golf cart as an alternative to driving a car, the average price for a new Club Car is between $7,000 and $12,000. A used Club Car costs between $3,000 and $8,000.

Golf cart drivers must have a valid North Carolina driver’s license to drive a golf cart on the roads.

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