Speeding Up and Slowing Down
A golf cart is not a dragster and is not meant to start or stop abruptly. Build speed slowly. Golf carts can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. However, you must gradually slow down over 30 or 40 yards so you don't jam on the breaks. There are no seat belts on a golf cart, and an abrupt stop can throw a passenger out of the cart.
Drive in the Rough
Never drive your cart in the middle of the fairway. After you tee off, drive your cart down the right or left side of the fairway, but always in the second cut or rough. If you have hit your ball down the left side, and your partner has hit it down the right side, you are allowed to cross the fairway, but only to get from one side to the other. If you have hit the ball in the middle of the fairway, drive up the rough and stop even with your ball. Apply the break, pick out your next club, and walk to your ball.
Right of Way
If you are driving your cart up the rough of one hole and you see another driver coming down the adjacent fairway, you must get out of his way. Do not drive recklessly and do not play "chicken" with the other driver. Not only is it dangerous, you will get thrown off the course and charged with a driving infraction if you have deliberately caused an accident. Many golfers like to have a beer or two when they play. That's normally fine, but if it impairs the judgment of the cart driver and results in an accident or injuries, the driver can face legal problems.