All about Owning a Low Speed Vehicle

by | Jun 26, 2012 | Automobile

If you have a lead foot and simply love going fast, you may not understand why anyone would want to own a low speed vehicle. Low speeds means more time traveling from point A to point B and what good is a cart that is marketed to go slow?  Believe it or not low speed vehicles have become an extremely popular choice in the U.S.  These vehicles are not meant to be used for daily living, such as driving to work or taking the kids to school, but they do have their purpose if you are looking for a low speed electric cart that can handle small local tasks without costing a fortune in gas prices.

What is a Low Speed Vehicle?
A low speed vehicle is a 4-wheel vehicle that is street legal and is made to have a minimum speed of 20mph and a maximum speed of 25mp which means that these low speed carts are typically only allowed on public streets with a maximum speed limit of 35mph. These vehicles are also designed to weigh no more than 3,000lbs. The low speed carts run on an electric battery, just like an electric car, and per charge they are typically able to drive about 30 miles. Low speed vehicles are meant to be used on public roads that are otherwise not accessible or do not allow the use of neighborhood electric vehicles or golf carts.

Benefits of a Low Speed Vehicle
Before you purchase a low speed vehicle, you’ll more than likely want to know the advantages behind owning one. Some of the most common benefits of a low speed vehicle include:

  • Low maintenance costs
  • No need to pay for fuel
  • Environmentally friendly

Necessities for a Legal Low Speed Vehicle
Low speed vehicles are designed to drive slowly and in short ranges due to their lack of safety equipment that is otherwise mandated in most types of cars. The design of these cars doesn’t allow for proper accommodation of certain safety features so low speed and small distances help to level the safety field. When on the road, low speed vehicles must have seat belts, running lights, brake lights, headlights, reflectors, turn signals, and a rear view mirror.

Depending on where you live, you may find that your state has different rules, guidelines, and restrictions for low speed vehicles when compared to other states. If you plan to purchase and drive a low speed vehicle, ensure you are well aware of the driving laws that apply to you.

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