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Near Miss of the Day 232 revisited: Close pass motorist attends driver alertness course – and afterwards gives same cyclist plenty of room

“Looks like the course does educate drivers," says reader who submitted original footage...

It’s always good to hear a positive result from one of the Near Miss of the Day videos we publish on the site – and reader Dave from Northamptonshire has been in touch to tell us what happened next in relation to one of his videos that we featured at the start of the year.

> Near Miss of the Day 232: Punishment pass and brake check

Dave said at the time: “Yet another Northamptonshire driver who thinks this is acceptable driving standard.

“A punishment pass and brake check as he thought I was being awkward by riding in the middle of the road,” he continued.

“Of course I was riding in the primary position to try to prevent such behaviour.

“At least this time Northamptonshire Police agreed, I did have reason to report him, and the driver was offered (and accepted) a driver alertness course.”

“Hopefully he will be more considerate next time he overtakes,” he added.

If you commute by bike regularly – especially, like Dave does, in a more rural area – you’re likely to encounter the same motorists every now and again, and Dave added: “Hopefully he will be more considerate next time he overtakes”

Well, it didn’t take long for his wish to be granted – with the driver’s consideration at the start of the video above a world away from that displayed in the footage we featured in January, which also appears in the video.

Dave said: “Good to see that the driver awareness course this driver had to attend after his close pass and brake check seems to have had a positive effect if today's overtake is anything to go on.

“Looks like the course does educate drivers and hopefully covers the Highway Code and cyclists’ needs.”

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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.

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

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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