The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a motorist making a close pass on cyclists in Berkshire – then given them some less-than-seasonal cheer when they pointed out how his driving had put them in danger.
It was filmed this morning in Eton by road.cc reader Lyndon, who told us: “It was a wet morning and many parts of the road were a bit flooded, and when moving towards the centre of the road to avoid standing water our group of three was passed quite closely.
“The driver proceeded to drive into the centre of Eton, where at the set of lights we tried to explain the behaviour was dangerous. The man just swore at us and we carried on down Eton High Street.
“Going over some of the humps, he passed me quite closely, only to brake and turn into a church car park.
“I followed along with the others, again telling the man that passing so closely is dangerous.
“Now I'm a proud Canadian, and as most will know, we don't take kindly to being mistaken for Americans, but I've never been called South African or Australian,” Lyndon said, adding, “Clearly he didn't do well in Geography lessons, or on his driving test."
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.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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.