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  1. #21
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Commuting in Sarasota, Florida .

    On Sat, 06 Oct 2012 23:54:06 -0400, Ed Pawlowski <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Sat, 6 Oct 2012 10:16:56 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    >wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >>Then there's this. I went to the dollar store last week to pick up toilet
    >>paper, etc. Someone had driven their golf cart there. The speed limit on
    >>the road is 50 MPH. A good golf cart on its best day will go about 35
    >>MPH... if you have a tail wind. Driving a golf cart to the store is not a
    >>very bright idea. Not to mention it's illegal to drive those things on
    >>public highways.
    >>
    >>Jill

    >
    >They are allowed in some communities though. Could be the streets are
    >not considered public roads though. I know someone that has a home in
    >Florida and there are always a bunch of carts at the store.


    Golf carts are legal on most in-town roads, just can't use them on the
    interstate or on county roads where the speed limit exceeds the
    capability of the golf cart. As long as the cart is fitted with the
    manditory equipment such as turn signals, mirrors, and such they are
    as legal for road use as a moped. I take my tractors out on the road
    all the time. My 18 HP Kubota will do 35mph in high gear. There are
    many types of small vehicals that are legal for street use so long as
    they have plates, are registered, and have insurance.. My neighbor
    drives one to those ATVs I call a Bush-Mobile... it's a John Deere
    Gator.
    https://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US..._vehicles.page

  2. #22
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Commuting in Sarasota, Florida .

    "Brooklyn1" wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..

    On Sat, 06 Oct 2012 23:54:06 -0400, Ed Pawlowski <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Sat, 6 Oct 2012 10:16:56 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    >wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >>Then there's this. I went to the dollar store last week to pick up toilet
    >>paper, etc. Someone had driven their golf cart there. The speed limit on
    >>the road is 50 MPH. A good golf cart on its best day will go about 35
    >>MPH... if you have a tail wind. Driving a golf cart to the store is not a
    >>very bright idea. Not to mention it's illegal to drive those things on
    >>public highways.
    >>
    >>Jill

    >
    >They are allowed in some communities though. Could be the streets are
    >not considered public roads though. I know someone that has a home in
    >Florida and there are always a bunch of carts at the store.


    Golf carts are legal on most in-town roads, just can't use them on the
    interstate or on county roads where the speed limit exceeds the
    capability of the golf cart. As long as the cart is fitted with the
    manditory equipment such as turn signals, mirrors, and such they are
    as legal for road use as a moped.
    ******************
    Golfing communities like where I live, sure. But once you get out of the
    community the speed limit on is 50 MPH. I've never seen a golf cart that
    will go that that fast. It is dangerous and ill advised to drive it on the
    highway.

    Jill


  3. #23
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Commuting in Sarasota, Florida .

    On Sun, 7 Oct 2012 13:11:19 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >"Brooklyn1" wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]. .
    >
    >On Sat, 06 Oct 2012 23:54:06 -0400, Ed Pawlowski <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On Sat, 6 Oct 2012 10:16:56 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    >>wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>>Then there's this. I went to the dollar store last week to pick up toilet
    >>>paper, etc. Someone had driven their golf cart there. The speed limit on
    >>>the road is 50 MPH. A good golf cart on its best day will go about 35
    >>>MPH... if you have a tail wind. Driving a golf cart to the store is not a
    >>>very bright idea. Not to mention it's illegal to drive those things on
    >>>public highways.
    >>>
    >>>Jill

    >>
    >>They are allowed in some communities though. Could be the streets are
    >>not considered public roads though. I know someone that has a home in
    >>Florida and there are always a bunch of carts at the store.

    >
    >Golf carts are legal on most in-town roads, just can't use them on the
    >interstate or on county roads where the speed limit exceeds the
    >capability of the golf cart.
    >
    >As long as the cart is fitted with the
    >manditory equipment such as turn signals, mirrors, and such they are
    >as legal for road use as a moped.
    >******************
    >Golfing communities like where I live, sure. But once you get out of the
    >community the speed limit on is 50 MPH. I've never seen a golf cart that
    >will go that that fast. It is dangerous and ill advised to drive it on the
    >highway.


    Reread that first sentence I wrote

  4. #24
    pltrgyst Guest

    Default Re: Commuting in Sarasota, Florida .

    > Golf carts are legal on most in-town roads, just can't use them on the
    > interstate or on county roads where the speed limit exceeds the
    > capability of the golf cart. As long as the cart is fitted with the
    > manditory equipment such as turn signals, mirrors, and such they are
    > as legal for road use as a moped.


    That's true -- which means that in Florida, unless they have FL license
    plates (which are also required for mopeds), they're not legal on public
    roads at all. They may or may not be legal on the roadways of private gated
    communities, as defined by the local homeowners' associations.

    We're building a house in Sarasota right now, and have been spending a
    lot of time down there in the last six months.

    DC's beltway is not bad at all -- I've been driving cars and motorcycles
    here for 30 years, no problem. It's nothing compared to Italy, or --
    much, much worse -- Tokyo. And most third-world countries in Africa and
    Asia, forget it.
    -- Larry













  5. #25
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Commuting in Sarasota, Florida .

    On 10/7/2012 9:22 PM, pltrgyst wrote:

    > DC's beltway is not bad at all -- I've been driving cars and motorcycles
    > here for 30 years, no problem. It's nothing compared to Italy, or --
    > much, much worse -- Tokyo. And most third-world countries in Africa and
    > Asia, forget it.


    Eh?? I drive the DC beltway daily, well not lately due to surgery, and
    have done it for 16 years and it's treacherous! Then again, I've never
    driven in Italy or Tokyo.

    I drive from PG county near rt 50 around to 270, then it gets tame on
    270 the rest of the way to work. I have to admit it seems a little
    better since the ICC opened even though it's expensive to drive it. I
    don't use it but count on others to.


  6. #26
    Ema Nymton Guest

    Default Re: Commuting in Sarasota, Florida .

    On 10/6/2012 8:09 PM, gregz wrote:

    > Scariest place I've driven is DC, Maryland area. Beltway like a race track.
    > Others, Houston, Los Angeles.
    >
    > Greg



    The freeways in Houston are 75mph bumper-to-bumper traffic jams. You
    just hold your breath and hope nothing happens.

    I am a friendly driver, I treat other drivers as if they were my next
    door neighbor.

    Becca

  7. #27
    George M. Middius Guest

    Default Re: Commuting in Sarasota, Florida .

    Cheryl wrote:

    > I drive the DC beltway daily, well not lately due to surgery, and
    > have done it for 16 years and it's treacherous!


    Are you aware of the custom that the left lane should be used for
    passing slower traffic?



  8. #28
    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Commuting in Sarasota, Florida .

    On Mon, 08 Oct 2012 11:57:44 -0400, George M. Middius
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Cheryl wrote:
    >
    >> I drive the DC beltway daily, well not lately due to surgery, and
    >> have done it for 16 years and it's treacherous!

    >
    >Are you aware of the custom that the left lane should be used for
    >passing slower traffic?
    >


    Many are not aware. I see plenty of drivers get in the left lane and
    meander along at or below the speed limit ignoring everyone around
    them.

    I actually like driving in Italy. Yes, they do a lot of things that
    are illegal, but they follow some simple rules. Stay right, give a
    break to the car passing on a hill with a yellow double line, don't
    get PO'd when passed. Speed limits and red lights are often thought
    of as "suggestions" rather than rules, but now they use cameras to nab
    you.

  9. #29
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Commuting in Sarasota, Florida .

    On 10/8/2012 8:36 AM, Ema Nymton wrote:
    > On 10/6/2012 8:09 PM, gregz wrote:
    >
    >> Scariest place I've driven is DC, Maryland area. Beltway like a race
    >> track.
    >> Others, Houston, Los Angeles.
    >>
    >> Greg

    >
    >
    > The freeways in Houston are 75mph bumper-to-bumper traffic jams. You
    > just hold your breath and hope nothing happens.


    Holy ****, that would scare me senseless.

    >
    > I am a friendly driver, I treat other drivers as if they were my next
    > door neighbor.
    >
    > Becca



  10. #30
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Commuting in Sarasota, Florida .

    On 10/8/2012 11:57 AM, George M. Middius wrote:
    > Cheryl wrote:
    >
    >> I drive the DC beltway daily, well not lately due to surgery, and
    >> have done it for 16 years and it's treacherous!

    >
    > Are you aware of the custom that the left lane should be used for
    > passing slower traffic?
    >
    >

    In my experience it's used for those shaving, putting on makeup and
    talking on the phone.


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