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

Today's video in our Near Miss of the Day series is one that didn't seem that bad to the cyclist involved at the time ... until he reviewed the footage from his rear-facing camera later and realised that the driver of a Mercedes had come within inches of taking out his rear wheel as they headed through a section of roadworks.

The cyclist involved was YouTube user - and road.cc reader - Westcliff GoPro, with the incident happening on the A13 London Road in Southend-on-Sea at around noon on Sunday 12 February.

He told us: "At the time I knew he was close as you see me about to take the lane and then swerving to my left.

"What I never realised is just how close he came to hitting my back wheel until I uploaded the video and looked at the rear camera.

"And of course this MGIF ['must get in front'] was so he could reach the red light queue 20 yards ahead.

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 (info [at] road.cc) or send us a message via the road.cc 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.



Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.