What Is A Low Speed Vehicle?

A low-speed vehicle is legally defined as a four-wheeled vehicle that has a maximum speed of between 20 and 25 miles per hour on a flat paved surface. Its GVWR (total weight of all cargo, fluids, and passengers plus the vehicle itself) is limited to 3,000 pounds.

Typical LSV applications include domestic help, campus security, field maintenance, hunting, and gardening. The most common forms of LSVs are shown below and are similar to street legal golf carts with added flavor. For more information about low-speed vehicles, you can visit westwardindustries.com/max-ev-4-lsv-wheel/.

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The low weight limit encourages the use of lightweight materials in the LSV's construction so it can carry up to six people plus luggage and still weigh less than 3,000 pounds. This means low-speed vehicles get fantastic petrol performance that would make a small motorcycle look like a 1980 Cadillac.

Where are vehicles allowed to drive at low speeds?

This handy map shows that currently in 33 countries, low-speed vehicles are restricted to roads where the published speed limit is 35 mph or less. The Road Safety Insurance Institute reports that while LSV is generally legal under federal law, each state must regulate LSV activity on its roads.

Always drive with caution when driving at low speed on public roads. Even if you're not supposed to write or drive, there's no way you'd do without airbags and impact protection, to say the least.

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