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Near Miss of the Day 438: Horsebox driver overtakes cyclist so closely that rider could bang the door

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

Some close passes are closer than others - including the one in this video in which the driver of a horsebox overtook a cyclist so closely that the rider was able to bang on the door as the vehicle passed him.

The incident was filmed last Thursday 2 July on the B4109 Hinckley Road, near Hinckley Junction with the M69 just inside Warwickshire.

It was filmed by reader Lewis, who said that the "HGV horsebox started to overtake opposite a junction with an oncoming car which the driver forced onto the verge on their side of the road.

"The driver just missed hitting me with the wing mirror and was close enough for me to reach out and slap on the door."

It's noticeable that the motorist following the horsebox, who will have seen what happened, gave Lewis a lot of space as they overtook.

Lewis added that the Incident was reported to Warwickshire Police last Friday and a further copy of the video sent to the investigator yesterday.

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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.

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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.

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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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