How to Drive a Riding Lawn Mower

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Things You'll Need

  • Ignition key

  • Ear plugs

Use precaution with a riding lawn mower.

Riding lawn mowers are very convenient and make cutting your grass a quick and even enjoyable experience. However, there is a level of safety precaution you should exercise when operating a riding lawn mower. When cutting your grass it is advised to keep the lawn mower in a low gear so that you do not lose control of the vehicle. Before starting the lawn mower make sure you have enough gas, and you should never drive on concrete with the lawn mower blades engaged.


Step 1

Put the ignition key in the ignition slot. Turn the key while simultaneously pressing the brake and clutch of the lawn mower. The lawn mower's engine will start.

Step 2

Shift the lawn mower to a low gear using the shift lever and drive the lawn mower towards your lawn. The steering wheel will turn the vehicle as if it were a car.

Step 3

Stop the lawn mower when you reach your lawn by pressing the brake and clutch at the same time.

Step 4

Hit the blade engagement button on your lawn mower to lower the blades, then release the brake and clutch pedals to start the mower again. Drive the lawn mower over your lawn until it is cut to a satisfactory height. When you are done, press the blade engagement button again to retract the blades before driving the vehicle back to your garage.


It is recommended to wear ear protection when using a riding lawn mower.



James Wiley

James Wiley graduated from Providence College in 2009 as a double major in global studies and Spanish. Wiley's capstone thesis paper was published in the Providence College database. He has also competed in international script-writing competitions and coauthored a pilot which placed in the top 15 percent of international entries over the past year.