Near Miss of the Day 422: Close pass by driver towing horse box (includes swearing)

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

We've featured horse boxes before in our Near Miss of the Day series, and here's another example, this one coming from Staffordshire, with the driver not only making a close pass on a cyclist, but also pulling in way too soon.

It was sent in by reader Damon, who said he was "descending Gun Hill in Staffordshire Moorlands and came really close to being hit by a trailer towed by a car!"

It was almost as though the motorist had forgotten that they were towing a trailer, which presumably had a horse inside it, with Damon saying: "Shortly afterwards the driver came close to four horse riders making one horse almost lose its rider."

He added: "I’m sorry about the swearing by the way" - although we reckon in the cicrcumstances, it's perfectly understandable.

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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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