Hope and Will: A Parenting Podcast from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Golf Cart Safety: How a Casual Ride Led to the Fight of a Lifetime

Episode Summary

Amanda Moore shares her family's golf cart scare and Dr. Maneesha Agarwal offers ride-on safety tips for parents.

Episode Notes

Remember when hoverboards dominated headlines? The skateboard-like toys quickly became popular around the holidays in 2015 and, just as quickly, started landing kids in hospitals with injuries.  

While hoverboards got a lot of attention, there are other ride-on toys—ones that might be in your driveway or garage right now—that regularly land kids in our hospitals and urgent cares, with injuries ranging from minor scrapes and gashes all the way up to serious head injuries. Toys like scooters, mopeds, bicycles and, yes, most especially ATVs and golf carts. 

As the weather warms and families head back outside, this episode seeks to equip you with tips to help keep your family safe and out of our hospital halls.  

With golf carts rising in popularity as a convenient way to commute around neighborhoods and short distances, we open with a story of a family who had used their golf cart daily for years before one quick tap on the brakes resulted in a harrowing flight on our emergency transport helicopter.  

Whether your kids are just now starting to use a balance bike or regularly grabbing the golf cart keys on their own, this episode has something for you. 

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