Taking that extra second to check your blind spot is not only the law, but it can help save lives.
The Ottawa Police Service will be keeping an eye out for drivers who are not properly sharing the road with motorcyclists through this month's STEP program.
Coordinator of Safer Roads Ottawa with the City of Ottawa Rob Wilkinson told the Rick Gibbons show, officers will also be watching the motorcyclists themselves, as the margin for error is very small.
"That minimal correction, hitting that small amount of dirt that might be on the road, overcorrecting in a turn or approaching a turn at higher speeds, or even just the driver in front of you braking too soon all have catastrophic results," he explained.
There were 734 crashes involving motorcycles between 2012 and 2016 -- 17 of those were fatal.
Listen to the full conversation with Rob Wilkinson: