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Near Miss of the Day 343: A Christmas catalogue ... of poor driving

Our regular feature showing close passes from around the country ... today, it's Lancashire...

Ah, Christmas. A time of peace and goodwill to all people on earth ... although as one reader found out earlier this week, that doesn't necessarily apply if you're a cyclist.

In the video above, there's a succession of instances of poor driving encountered in just one ride around Preston a couple of days before Christmas by reader Jon.

Jon told us: "Before a ride with some club mates I had a very bad close pass on the way to meet them.

"Then on the ride we had the 'I've got a car so need to be in front attitude', then a rider snapped his chain, and all finished off by a left hook.

"Everyone is in a rush at Christmas," he added.

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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 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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