Motorcycling offers a unique sense of freedom and adventure. However, every ride has potential hazards, with some more obvious than others. One lesser-known danger many motorcyclists may not recognize is grass clippings on the roadway. Understanding why grass clippings pose a threat can help motorcyclists navigate more safely.
Grass clippings that find their way onto the road and create a slippery layer that significantly reduces traction. This can be compared to black ice or wet leaves, making it exceptionally challenging for motorcyclists to maintain control.
Traction and visibility concerns
Grass clippings reduce the friction between the motorcycle’s tires and the road surface. This can lead to skidding and sliding, potentially resulting in severe accidents, especially when negotiating turns at high speeds.
Additionally, grass clippings can create visibility issues. When disturbed by vehicles, these clippings can create a cloud that hinders a motorcyclist’s view of the road, upcoming traffic or crucial road signs.
Mitigation and heightened awareness
Given these risks, motorcyclists and homeowners need to be aware of the danger of grass clippings. Motorcyclists should be vigilant about this often-overlooked risk, adjusting their speed and driving tactics when they encounter grass clippings.
Properly disposing of grass clippings can significantly reduce risk. Options like composting or using the clippings as mulch are preferable to blowing them onto the road. If those aren’t possible, the clippings should always be blown away from the street.
Grass clippings can make it difficult for motorcyclists to avoid a crash with a reckless or negligent driver. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a crash, you should determine all your potential legal options for seeking compensation for those at fault.