Most ATVs and snowmobiles are not designed to carry passengers. A passenger can interfere with the operator’s ability to shift his or her weight properly during maneuvers, which can cause a loss of control. If your ATV is designed for more than one person, be sure your passenger(s):
- Stays seated to keep the vehicle’s center of gravity as low as possible.
- Keeps his or her feet on the footrests and does not extend his or her hands beyond the edge of the vehicle where they may collide with branches or bushes.
When crossing a road, check for challenging environmental and traffic conditions such as low light, limited visibility, heavy traffic, or wide roadways. Vehicle operators must evaluate each situation to determine the safest way to cross the road. Sometimes it may be safer for the passenger to dismount and walk across; at other times, it may be safer for the passenger to stay on the snowmobile or ATV.