Golf Cart Windshields
Golf cart windshields help protect occupants from hazards of miss-hit stray golf balls, from insects or bugs and adverse weather conditions. There are several things to consider when buying windshields for carts. A few of these considerations include the design, material and color and safety requirements.
Why is a Windshield Needed on a Cart?
Windshields are highly recommended for a cart that is used on a course as they offer full protection from stray golf balls. The windscreen will deflect any miss-hit balls which fly into the front, preventing any serious injuries to the head or upper bodies of the occupants. Golf balls hitting players have been known to cause serious injuries and fitment of a windscreen will improve your safety on the course.
In all states street legal vehicles must be fitted with a full windshield in order to provide protection to the passengers from objects, such as stones, which may hit the screen during driving. They must also feature a motorized wiper to clear rain from the drivers vision.
Used in conjunction with rain enclosures, a windshield offers excellent all weather protection which is ideal for golfers who play in adverse weather conditions or through the winter months.
What are Golf Car Windshields Made From?
One of the main things to consider when buying a windshield is the type of material that it is made of. They can be made of either acrylic or unbreakable polycarbonate material, often called Lexan. Those that are made from polycarbonate will not be as susceptible to breakage and cracking than an acrylic windscreen, but tend to be more prone to scratches. If you drive on the course, it is recommended that you fit a polycarbonate version.
You also have different options when it comes to the color of a windshield. Most designs are transparent so they are easy to see through when driving. Many owners of custom carts choose to fit tinted windshields for a better “custom” look. However, it is always recommended to install a clear windshield, because dark tints will obstruct your vision, especially in the dark, and for street legal carts there may also be legal requirements that prevents their fitment.
What are the Different Types Cart Windshields?
Another thing to consider when buying a windshield is their design, and there are four different types to choose from:
- “Vinyl” Screen
- “Full” Windshield
- “Half” Screen
- “Flip” Windshield
Each windscreen type has its own advantages and disadvantages and the owner must decide which is the best choice to fit depending on the primary use of the vehicle.
Before buying a windshield be sure to double check your model and the dimensions of the screen that is required. There is a good deal of variation in the measurements of the different types of windshields and in the different years and models of vehicles.