Golf's Crash Course

Why golf carts are more hazardous than they look

Golf carts are fun little buggers. And they're not just for fairways anymore: as Americans look for cleaner, greener ways to get around, golf carts are showing up on residential streets. But be careful. These carts require more caution than you may think.

According to new research, golf-cart injuries have soared higher than a Tiger Woods tee shot. The Center for Injury Research and Policy in Columbus, Ohio, reported that the number of cart-related trips to the emergency room jumped from an estimated 5,772 in 1990 to 13,411 in 2006, a 132% increase. The highest injury rates were among males ages...

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