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Near Miss of the Day 4: "Caravan idiot" passes cyclist way too closely

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country - this time with a comedy twist

The latest edition of our Near Miss of the Day feature took place in the Peak District, involves a driver towing a caravan who overtook a cyclist far too close for comfort, and has a bit of a comic twist.

"Here's the good bit," says reader Martin Peake, who sent us a link to his YouTube video of the incident.

"The numpty then met a bus coming in the opposite direction, allowing me catch him and discuss his driving.

"Apparently, he had waited too long behind me, he was a cyclist, I gave cyclists a bad reputation etc etc...

"At this point, the guy in the red car which had passed me first came and joined in by laying into the caravanner.

"Good show!"

We couldn't agree more, and also found some comedy gold in the video that YouTube chose to show next - there isn't a bicycle in sight but trust us, it is a must-watch.

> Cyclist gets own back on caravan-towing driver who almost knocked him off his bike (+ link to video)

Over the years has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] or contact us via the Facebook page.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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