The Timmins Police Service is asking drivers to look out for motorcycles now that the weather is starting to turn. Police say to double check your blind spots before switching lanes, drive defensively, and don’t crowd the bikes at intersections.

For the motorcyclists themselves, police say to be careful of sand on the roads left over from the winter, as it may threaten traction. They also say to lookout for road hazards like potholes, ride within your skill level, and wear reflective clothing.

Full list of safety tips for drivers:

1) Drive defensively: allowing for motorcycle traffic to maneuver is appreciated
2) Give your blind spots a little more attention before changing lanes
3) Don’t crowd the motorcycle in front of you especially at or nearing an intersection
4) Be on the lookout for motorcycles and provide them with adequate space in traffic
5) Avoid distraction while driving: motorcyclists are counting on you to be alert at the wheel
6) Look twice before completing a turn at an intersection: motorcycles are often overlooked

Full list of safety tips for  motorcyclists:

1) Always perform a pre-ride bike inspection, lights, signals, and tires merit your attention
2) Be wary of intersections: sand left over from the winter season poses a traction threat
3) Watch for road hazards: potholes and frost heave damage to pavement is real
4) Wear reflective gear: the idea is to be as conspicuous in traffic as possible
5) Where possible travel in groups so that your visibility increases
6) Ride well within your skill level: know your level of experience and respect it