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

The latest entry in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a type of driving that often crops up in these videos. with a motorist putting a cyclist, the occupants of a car coming in the other direction, and themselves at risk simply to save a couple of seconds.

The footage was shot in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, by road.cc reader Damian, who told us: "For some reason this person thought they could overtake and cut back in before the car travelling in the opposite direction came past, but if not, they could always just get as close as possible to me."

Damian continued: "I had a bad few days in October, four close passes in a nice little compilation."

The sharp-eyed among you will spot that the second of those happened on the same stretch of road as the incident in the video above.

"Sadly, I could probably do a daily blog of close passes they are that frequent," Damian added, "some worse than others though, and all the above are pretty close!

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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.


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.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

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.