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Near Miss of the Day 52: Driver pulls out on rider ... on test ride

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Wiltshire ... again

One of the reasons we started our Near Miss of the Day series is because just like you, we love getting out on our bikes and just like you, we encounter thoughtless or worse, downright dangerous drivers on a daily basis.

So today's offering has an extra resonance for us, because it was filmed by reviewer Stu Kerton while he was testing a bike - a Ribble Sportive Racing Disc, if you're curious - for the site.

The incident happened near Zeals in Wiltshire, with a croissant munching female driver at a junction pulling out in front of Stu, who fortunately was alert to the danger.

We're happy to report that both he - and the bike - are fine.

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 send us a message via the Facebook page.

If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).

Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

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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