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Near Miss of the Day 483: Audi driver makes close pass while beeping horn

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

If you follow our Near Miss of the Day feature, you're probably familiar with Rule 163 of the Highway Code, which tells motorists to "overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so," and that they "should give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car. 

There's scant trace of either of those in today's video, in which the driver of an Audi car being overtaken by another motorist does not slow down and barely deviates from their course to overtake the cyclist in front of them - and any doubt that this was a deliberate close pass is dispelled by sounding the horn at the rider during the overtake.

It happened on the A34 between Stafford and Stone, with reader Mike, who filmed the footage, telling us: "The Audi is keeping up with other traffic so likely to be travelling close to the permitted speed limit of 60mph.

"The driver of the Audi had a clear line of sight to me but didn't alter their speed or course on approach and then aggressively sounded the horn when performing the close pass.

"Unfortunately I almost expect to get a close pass every time I go out, however if a vehicle is also going to sound the horn aggressively it comes across as a punishment pass and a spot of education is therefore needed.

"I submitted an online report with the Staffordshire Police, who then contacted me to send the recording and although I am not permitted to know the outcome they did speak positively that action would be taken against the driver," he added.

Finally, is it just us, or does it strike anyone else as a bit of a coincidence too that there are two cars there, from the same marque if not the same model, both in the same unusual colour?

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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.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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