Windshields are a necessary safety feature for any golf cart. They offer protection from the sun and debris, and can be ordered in sizes to fit your specific vehicle. While the size of your windshield is not the only factor to consider (material type and slope matter too), this blog post will focus on how to select the best windshield for your golf cart.
The majority of golf cart windshields are made of polycarbonate, acrylic or PVB (plastic vinyl butyrate). The plastics listed above are generally very strong and can withstand many types of damage. Their strength is also why they tend to be more durable than other windshield materials. Among the most common problems with plastic windshields are cracks caused by flying stones/debris and degradation related to UV light exposure. The latter issue is most often found in golf carts that are used in sunny operating environments.
The windshield style that you choose for your golf cart will greatly depend on the type of vehicle it is meant to fit. There are two styles of windshields for golf carts. The first is the fixed style, which is fixed by metal brackets on the cart. This style of windshield is easy to install and provides excellent protection. The main drawbacks to this style are that it cannot be removed during hot months or when the vehicle will not be operated, and it does not look as good as a folding windshield.
The second type of windshield for golf carts is a folding model. Folding options allow you to move panels out of the way when necessary and put them back in place when you want protection from wind and debris. However, this type of windshield also has an impact on the look and functionality of your golf cart.
It’s not as well protected as the fixed windshield because it can only be folded back into place for protection. Golfers often complain that their folding windshield blocks part of their view.
Another option is to install a fixed-folding style windshield with a sliding sunshade. The sunshade will extend to avoid obstructions, but it will keep the folded windshield in place and provide partial protection from wind and debris.
Customize Your Windshield
Even if you don’t plan to customize your windshield, several factors may lead you to consider a non-stock option for your cart. Whether you’re trying to replace a broken windshield, install a new windshield in a different vehicle, or add a sunshade to provide additional protection, custom dimensions may be the only way to achieve your goal.
Many golf cart manufacturers offer windshields that can be customized for your particular model and equipment setup. These custom models will achieve the best fit for your vehicle and usually include features such as mounting brackets and hardware that were chosen specifically by the manufacturer. While these models tend to cost more than stock options, they will deliver superior performance and excellent durability.
If you’re looking for the right golf cart for yourself, reach out to SWFL Golf Carts. We are a golf cart dealership in Bonita Springs. We also sell customized golf carts. Get in touch to buy golf carts of your choice.