The evenings drawing in inevitably means that we'll start seeing more submissions to our Near Miss of the Day series that take place in the hours of darkness ... but while many of us have been able to enjoy riding in the extended daylight hours in recent months, shift workers commuting to and from their jobs will often be doing so at night.
The roads may be quieter at night, but there's still no shortage of dangerous drivers around, as road.cc reader Stuart experienced in this clip he sent to us as he rode home from work at around midnight one evening in August near Long Eaton in Nottinghamshire.
"I had three rear lights on," he told us ... but despite that, the driver of the van on the B6540 Tamworth Road, close to the A50 junction and the new Aldi distribution centre, overtook him very closely then immediately pulled in.
Stuart couldn't report the incident to the police either, telling us: "The reflection blocked the camera seeing the registration plate."
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.