Written by: Amber Ripley
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Preparing and Cleaning Your Golf Cart for a Beach Trip
Golf carts are the best mode of transportation for a relaxing day on the beach. No lingering sand to vacuum out of your traditional vehicle, you can drive right up to where you want to set up your stuff, and you can use your cart's audio system for entertainment!
However, taking your golf cart to your local sandy shore requires some preparation and post-trip cleaning to ensure its optimal performance and longevity.
This article will guide you through the essential steps to prepare your buggy for a beach trip, which golf cart accessories will help you get there, and tips on cleaning it up afterward, helping you enjoy a seamless and enjoyable beach day.
Preparing Your Golf Cart for a Beach Trip
Install Beach-Ready Accessories: If you plan on driving your golf cart in the sand, you will need Off-Road Tires with deep treads, as they provide better stability and grip on the beach. A Golf Cart Lift Kit, Fender Flares, and easy-to-clean Floor Mats by Dekomats™ (Call us for details!) are all excellent functional accessories that will add to your golf cart's performance. While we could recommend dozens of accessories, certain products like our flip-down rear seats, and speakers and sound bars, top the list for additional beach-ready golf cart upgrades!
Inspect and maintain tires: Begin by checking your golf cart's tire pressure and tread condition. Ensure that all tires are properly inflated to the recommended level, as underinflated tires can lead to decreased traction on sandy terrain.
Protect electrical components: Safeguarding your golf cart's electrical components before heading to the beach is crucial. Cover sensitive parts such as batteries, controllers, and wiring with plastic or waterproof covers to prevent damage from sand, water, and corrosion. This precaution will help maintain the cart's electrical integrity and prolong its lifespan.
Waterproof Storage: Investing in watertight storage bags or containers is an excellent way to keep your personal belongings safe and dry. Storing items like towels, sunscreen, and snacks in these containers will protect them from sand and water. A great storage option from Golf Cart Stuff is an onboard cooler. This beverage and snack cooler attaches right to the side of your golf cart to leave your cargo/storage area clear for passengers and beach toys.
Check fluids and battery charge: Before taking off, check the fluid levels of your golf cart, including engine oil, brake fluid, and coolant (if applicable). Ensure that you are fueled up, or the battery is fully charged and has enough power to sustain your beach trip. A well-maintained battery is essential for a smooth and uninterrupted beach adventure... Check out this previous article we wrote for everything you need to know about Golf Cart Batteries!
Cleaning Your Golf Cart after a Day at the Beach
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Rinse off sand and saltwater: Once you return from the beach, the first step in cleaning your golf cart is to remove any sand or saltwater. Rinse the entire cart thoroughly, paying close attention to the undercarriage, wheels, and fender wells. Use a gentle stream of water to avoid damaging any electrical components.
Wash with mild detergent: After rinsing, use a mild detergent formulated specifically for automotive cleaning to wash the exterior of your golf cart. Use a soft sponge or cloth to scrub away any remaining dirt or salt residue. Remember to clean the wheels and tires as well!
Clean the interior: Pay attention to the golf cart's seats, flooring, and storage compartments. Vacuum or brush off any loose sand or debris, then wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth and mild soap. Be cautious when cleaning electrical components, ensuring that no water seeps into sensitive areas.
Dry thoroughly: To prevent corrosion and damage, ensure your golf cart is completely dry before storing it. Use clean towels or air-drying techniques to eliminate moisture from all surfaces, including hard-to-reach areas. Thoroughly drying the golf cart will help maintain its appearance and prevent potential issues caused by moisture.
Apply protective coating: For added protection against the elements, consider applying a wax or protective layer to the exterior of your golf cart. This step will help repel dirt, salt, and UV rays, keeping your cart looking fresh and extending its lifespan.
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Preparing your golf cart for a trip to the beach, and properly cleaning it afterward are crucial steps to ensure optimal performance and longevity. By following the tips and recommendations outlined in this article, including tire maintenance, protecting electrical components, installing beach-ready accessories, and checking fluid levels, you can enhance your golf cart's performance on sandy terrain. Additionally, cleaning your golf cart after a beach trip by rinsing off sand and saltwater, washing with a mild detergent, and thoroughly drying it will help prevent corrosion and maintain its appearance. By taking these proactive measures, you will enjoy a seamless and enjoyable experience while keeping your beach buggy in excellent condition for years to come.
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What would you get if you crossed a scientist and a golf cart? It would be our Senior Content Writer, Amber Ripley! If you have a question, she knows how to research to bring you the information you need. Before joining the ranks at Golf Cart Stuff™, Amber was in sales and marketing for industrial tool and die products, so digging into all the nitty gritty, technical details about Golf Carts is par for the course…In the words of a famous songwriter: “If you got a problem, Yo! She’ll solve it!”
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