Grass clippings make the roads slippery for motorcycle riders

Published: May. 3, 2019 at 5:35 PM CDT
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I'm sure you've seen grass clippings left on the road after someone mowed their lawn and for cars, it's no big deal but it can be deadly for a motorcycle.

"It's just like riding on Ice," said Safety Instructor at Kegel Harley-Davidson, Allen Matlock.

Matlock says when you see grass clippings its important bikers know exactly what to do.

"You would roll off the throttle, squeeze in the clutch and what that will do is take away power from the engine to the rear wheel. Then always keep your head and eyes up and the biggest most important thing is to not panic," Matlock said.

Matlock says many bikers will get nervous in that situation and slam on their brakes.

" When you think about the contact patch of a motorcycle tire, it's probably about the same size as a credit card and what you’re asking the motorcycle tire to do is you are asking it to not only have traction for the road conditions but for the change of environment," Matlock said.

If you do fall, it’s best to wear proper equipment.

“He’s got a nice set of gloves on a helmet and a nice Harley Davidson jacket with reflective piping in it and that's something you can be seen in," Matlock said.

“There is always a place for the grass clippings to blow out and so you point that away from the roads," said Tree Care Enterprises President, John Richards.

Richards says you can always get equipment to make sure the grass stays on the lawn.

"You should have a bagging assembly on your mower and that would prevent the grass clippings from escaping," Richards said.

"Be safe, keep your head and eyes up, and always try to make sure you have what we call an escape path," Matlock said.

Leaving grass clippings on the roads is a class b misdemeanor in Illinois and could mean fines up to $1,500.

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