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Near Miss of the Day 308: "Reckless and plain idiotic driving"

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's Hampshire...

Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows what the cyclist who filmed it describes as “probably the most reckless and plain idiotic driving I have seen” since he began commuting by bike.

It was filmed by reader George, who told us the incident happened on Barncroft Way in Havant, Hampshire on 16 September at around 7.50am.

He told us: “Conditions were overcast but clear with good visibility. I was cycling on my way to work when a blue Citroën decided to overtake me, speeding might I also add.

“There was another cyclist and a motorist on the opposite side of the road which the driver narrowly avoids.

“The driver put two cyclists, a motorist and themself all at risk for this stupid manoeuvre.

“The other cyclist was clearly scared by the driver, shouting at them after they had passed.

“I have been commuting by bike for the last three years and this is probably the most reckless and plain idiotic driving I have seen yet,” he added.

> 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.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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