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Near Miss of the Day 425: 'Idiot in Avensis' shows how not to drive at a roundabout

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

Here's one of the more heart-in-mouth Near Miss of the Day videos we've seen of late - and one that emphasises how important it is to regularly check your brakes are working properly, as a cyclist who is turning right on a roundabout is almost hit by a driver who either didn't see him, or gambled that he could get across first.

The video was shot by reader Mateusz in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire yesterday evening.

"I'm still not sure how I managed to stop and unclip without falling on my ass," he told us. 

"I have contacted the police but I don't think they'll care because the car has no number plates in front!

"Didn't realised that until I checked the video so I didn't even bother to check the plates at the back. Not that they seem to care anything if the number plates are well visible."

"On the notes to myself I should not have positioned myself so far to the right and should've figured that the guy is going to ignore me signalling but well, lesson learned," 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.

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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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