A seasonal near miss today with a driver apparently floundering when faced with the entirely unexpected challenges presented by darkness and a fogged up windscreen. If only autumn could arrive annually, motorists might then have a fighting chance of not pulling out into the path of cyclists.
This is the third time in a week our Near Miss of the Day feature has paid a visit to Wiltshire.
First there was the lorry driver who overtook a car on the wrong side of the road around a blind corner then yesterday saw a croissant-munching driver pull out on road.cc reviewer Stu Kerton while he was testing a Ribble Sportive Racing Disc.
Today’s occurred at the end of Hundgerdown Lane in Chippenham at around 7.10am last Thursday.
Brian said: “The car doesn’t appear to see my 900 lumens front light and continues without a care. I had to swerve and just missed the pedestrian island. The police are not willing to follow it up as no collision occurred.”
In the video description, Brian adds that the car’s windows were not fully cleared.
Over the years road.cc 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] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc Facebook page.
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