Near Miss of the Day 286: The driving instructor and student edition

Our regular feature of close passes around the country - today it's Hampshire...

The latest  video in our Near Miss of the Day series is a bit of a shocker - a close pass by a learner driver in a driving school car, so with a professional instructor alongside giving 'guidance' presumably on the Highway Code and how to pass vulnerable road users safely.

It was filmed near Winchester, Hampshire, by reader Robert.

He said: "This is the worst close call I’ve experienced. It was a driving instructor giving a driving lesson to a young girl.

"When I spoke to them at the traffic light they wouldn’t roll down their window to talk to me. I emailed the driving school with a complaint and have not had a response yet."

The instructor in question might do well to subscribe to the YouTube channel of fellow driving instructor Blaine Walsh, who has worked with Carlton Reid and Chris Boardman on films explaining cyclists' rights on the road, and how motorists can share the road safely with people on two wheels.


> 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 (link is external).

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

> What to do next if you’ve been involved in a road traffic collision

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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