A week of above average temperatures and clear skies means drivers will be seeing more motorcycles on the road. Despite all the news reports from 21 News and others, sharing of the roadways is not getting any safer.

In Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana County, the number of motorcycle related crashes has increased from 2021 to 2022.

Youngstown Harley Davidson Riding Academy Program Manager Linda English, says it's crucial for bikers to drive defensively to prevent accidents from happening.

Traveling at high speeds, not wearing protective gear and unpreparedness of the unexpected can put bikers and others in serious danger.

"People in cars, all kids of vehicles and motorcycles have a tendency to overreact and that usually leads gets them in more trouble," English said. 

Bikers urge drivers to always keep an eye out for motorcyclists and slow down when traveling behind them.

Motorcycle experts say education and public awareness are two significant factors that help make the roadways safer for all motorists.