Motorcycle riders warn about dangers of grass clippings on road

Posted at 10:43 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 23:48:30-04

MADISON, Tenn. (WTVF) — As the grass grows, the number of motorcycles on the road grows too, and riders warn about the dangers of leaving clippings on the road.

"Anyone that's ridden for any amount of time has definitely ran across a grass patch or two, and we've all had close calls," Ash Black at Castle Powersports said.

Those patches of loose grass clippings can cause riders to lose their traction on the road.

"You definitely lose handling, I'd say it's right up there with riding in a rainstorm when it comes to controlling your bike," Black said. "The grass is just going to destroy any contact we have with the asphalt."

But leaving clippings by the curb isn't just dangerous for bikers, it's illegal. THP troopers say it's the same as leaving garbage or anything else in the road.

"You're first couple of passes close to the street, blow that grass in," Black advises people mowing their yards near the street. "If you do leave any significant amount in the road, blow it out of the road."