Passengers on an OHV

As part of the Prevention and Awareness Campaign for OHV Safety in Nunavik (On the Right Path), a fourth promotional poster is in the works. The first three posters focused respectively on the risks posed by drinking and driving, the danger of speeding and fostering helmet use. The newest poster aims to address the significant number of injuries caused by carrying multiple passengers.

In Nunavik, OHVs are the number one means of transportation and are used for traditional harvesting activities. It is common to see multiple family members transported on OHVs at the same time. This practice is however dangerous and results every year in injuries and even deaths. Carrying passengers is prohibited under the law and not recommended by OHV manufacturers unless the vehicle is equipped with a specially designed seat.

Why Is It Dangerous?
- Snowmobiles have a low centre of gravity. With several passengers, snowmobiles are less stable and can flip over more easily.
- ATVs are not constructed to carry multiple passengers: stability decreases and tippy-ness increases.
- Multiple passengers can negatively affect the capacity of a driver to see and move properly.
- Passengers occupying places on the front or sides of an ATV can receive burns on their legs due to contact with the wheels or exhaust pipe, or even be swept under a wheel.
- In the event of an accident, passengers are less protected and can be ejected more easily from an OHV. The risk of serious injuries increases when the driver and passengers are not wearing helmets.
- ATVs are designed to be operated on rugged terrain. They are not designed to be driven at high speeds or on asphalt surfaces (due to reduced traction).

Safety Tips
- To carry a passenger, OHVs must be equipped with a specially designed seat.
- Several trips makes for safer trips for my passengers.
- If it’s only a short distance in town, why not walk?

Share with us your thoughts and suggestions on how to be safer!

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