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 road.cc 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.
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.”
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.
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.