Blog posts for July 2014

We Now Have a Radio that Does it All

We are now offering a new JVC Digital Media Receiver that can handle almost any format you can think of.  It is compatible with IPods, IPhones, Androids; it works with Pandora, iHeartRadio, and is even Sirius XM ready.  This radio like all the radios we offer is a marine radio so no worries if your cart is out in the rain.  Some other great features with this Media Receiver is its ability to accept a USB/AUX input on the front of the unit and it also allows for Siri Voice Recognition with included microphone and compatible devices.

I know what you’re thinking what does this all mean?  Well it means your customers will have a lot of options and you will only have to stock one radio to fulfil their needs.  Since it is compatible with the latest technology they will be able to connect and wirelessly stream their favorite songs via many of the common Apps that are available for free form Itunes or Google Play.

Another great feature of this JVC KD-X31MBS is its ability to allow you to take calls on your Bluetooth phone directly through the unit for a true hands-free experience.  With an included microphone you are able to link your phone quickly and easily.  Phone distractions don’t only occur in cars these days so this feature is just one more reason to encourage your customers to consider this great head unit option.  This media receiver is available by itself or as a kit with our overhead or dash mount consoles (for select carts).


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.


Street Legal Golf Carts – Know the Law Protect Your Customers

Street Legal Golf CartWith the growing number of communities allowing the use of golf carts on public roads it is important now more than ever to protect yourself and your customers.  One way to protect yourself is to know the laws and make sure that your carts adhere to all requirements.  First you should find out what the state requirements and laws are regarding golf carts on public roads.  In Florida you can find this information here at onlinesunshine.com:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?mode=View%20Statutes&SubMenu=1&App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=GOLF+CART&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.212.html

This states “A golf cart must be equipped with efficient brakes, reliable steering apparatus, safe tires, a rearview mirror, and red reflectorized warning devices in both the front and rear.”

These are the state requirements you must also find out what your city requirements are before you can be sure your golf cart is road worth.  To determine what your city requirements are you should first go to your city’s website and do a search to see if there are any ordinances indicating additional requirements or rules regarding golf carts.  After a quick search of our local city site we found this:

http://www.cityofnorthport.com/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=3971

Street Legal Golf Cart Ordinance North Port

Stenten’s makes getting your customers cart street legal a little simpler with our kits designed for EZGO’s, Club Cars & Yamaha’s.  These kits would include a certified AS4 windshield, windshield bars, windshield wiper, slow moving vehicle triangle, slow moving stickers, and red reflector tape.


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.


Golf Cart Injuries & Safety

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), there are approximately 15,000 golf car related injuries requiring emergency room treatment in the US each year. – technology-assoc.com

Also according to the CPSC more than 50% of these injuries involve passengers under the age of 16. The main reason for these injuries is because the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) golf car safety standard, Z130.1, does not require seatbelts to be installed into golf cars. Their reasoning behind this standard is on the golf course passengers need to enter and exit the vehicle often. The ANSI does require that the golf cart have a hand hold as a safety device but this hand hold just isnt enough because of where and how it is positioned it just acts as a lever to toss passengers from the cart. The amount of golf carts leaving the course is growing substantially every day and with that conversation from the standard “golf cart” to LUV or Light Utility Vehicle the need for safety devices is growing as well.

One of the main reasons that seatbelts arent required is because the National Golf Car Manufacturers Association has said that golf cars shouldnt have seatbelts because they lack a roll cage. However the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that the value to be able to jump out of an LSV (Low Speed Vehicle) are unsubstantiated speculation that is especially unpersuasive given the volume of data showing that ejection is extremely dangerous and that seatbelts are remarkably effective at preventing ejections.

With the injuries affecting children the most you should make sure your customers are aware of the dangers and risks, and encourage them to opt for the seatbelt option for their golf cart.

We offer either retractable seatbelts or the standard lap belts and if you would like a cleaner easier install you could go with our seatbelt bars with belts attached.

Don’t become
a part of the statistic:
Golf Cart Head Injury Claims Bella Wiegert, 6: the familys red, electric cart hit a bump on Chippendale Road and Bella fell out, striking her head on the pavement& The Ledger, Lakeland, FL, April 26, 2010


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.


Safely Celebrate Independence Day on Your Golf Cart

Many golf cart communities host parades to celebrate holidays and decorating your cart is a great way to show off your cart and your style.  Just be sure to exercise caution to make sure everyone stays safe during the festivities.  Here are some tips to keep in mind as you get ready for the big celebration:

Preparation:

Before you even begin taping tinsel or sticking flags on to your cart first you must first give your cart a thorough cleaning.  After you have hosed down the cart check your brakes, lights, seat belts, and batteries. You want to make sure there are no mechanical issues before you begin.

Planning:

Grab yourself a pen and start brainstorming.  Think about your theme and start jotting ideas down on how you can best show your patriotism.  Remember thought that you want to make sure that you are not obstructing your view or the operation of the cart so be sure to keep streamers and low hanging decorations away from the wheels and any moving parts such as pedals and steering wheels.  Also if you will be running additional lighting it is recommended that you wire these accessories through a voltage reducer that brings your entire 36 or 48 volts down to the needed 12 volts that most golf cart accessories require.

Decorating:

When decorating your cart don’t forget to wrap the top supports with colored wrapping and streamers.  You can mount decorations to the top but be sure they are securely mounted and will not shift while you are driving.  Before the event test drive the cart to ensure that everything is working properly and that your adornments are securely fastened.

Day of the event: Show off your cart!

Now just because this is an event don’t forget general safety practices such as seatbelts and never let underage children drive.  There will be many people attending parades and you must always be alert for a stray person to wander into the road trying to get that perfect photo.

If you are conscious about safety while you decorate and prepare for an event you will be more likely to ensure that unwanted accidents don’t occur.


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.