Utility Vehicle

Utility vehicles are in common use at Bates College and utilized by many different departments.  Although they come in many different styles, they are generally motorized, and are designed to carry out a specific task with much more efficacy than a passenger vehicle.  The following are general guidelines to be adhered to when using any utility vehicle on the Bates campus.

  1. On a daily basis, check the horn, brakes, and lights if applicable.
  2. On a daily basis, check the back-up alarm, tire pressure, and potential battery acid leaks.
  3. Before backing up, ensure the area behind you is clear of all obstacles, including vehicles and pedestrians.
  4. Drive only in designated areas, stay off city streets as much as possible. and cross streets only in designated crosswalks.
  5. Observe all rules of the road, such as coming to a complete stop at Stop signs, signaling before turning if able, and keeping to the right, except to pass.
  6. Yield to passenger vehicles and pedestrians.
  7. Do not drive faster than a quick-paced walk.
  8. Drive slower in wet conditions, on steep slopes, when approaching corners, intersections or blind spots, and in areas of heavy pedestrian traffic.
  9. Slow down for speed bumps and uneven pavement.  Do not drive off or over curbs.
  10. Maintain adequate distance between vehicles.
  11. To avoid tipping, drive the utility vehicle straight up and down slopes – not on a diagonal.
  12. Do not drive vehicle while distracted.  If something other than driving the cart has your attention, stop the vehicle. This includes eating, using a mobile device, jotting down notes, etc.
  13. Do not exceed passenger limits.  At no time should passengers be riding in the back bed of any utility vehicle. 
  14. If the vehicle is manufactured with seat belts, each person is recommended to wear them.
  15. All occupants should keep hands, feet, arms and legs within the confines of the passenger cab when the utility vehicle is in motion.
  16. Do not overload the utility vehicle when transporting items and make sure all items are securely fastened.
  17. Loads should not extend for more than a foot to each side or the front of the golf cart.
  18. Use brightly covered material to flag any loads that extend more than three feet from the rear of the utility vehicle.
  19. Never park in front of emergency exits, fire hydrants, fire lanes sidewalks, ramps, or doors.
  20. When parking, set the brake, place the cart in neutral if able, and remove the key.
  21. Transport members of the Bates Community only in unusual circumstances i.e. physically handicapped, assisting students or staff with transporting loads, etc.