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Near Miss of the Day 490: Van driver makes close pass on cyclist into oncoming traffic

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

This is one of the more common types of close pass that we see, and it's one that makes you reflect on the attitude of some drivers towards road safety - not necessarily that of other people, but their own.

In the near-500 videos we have shown in our Near Miss of the Day series to date, the vast majority show a motorist putting a cyclist, and no-one else, in danger.

But now and again we feature an incident such as this one, in which the driver overtakes a cyclist despite oncomin traffic, putting the rider, the approaching driverm, and of course themselves, in danger.

And all to save, what, a couple of seconds?

This one was filmed by reader Joel, who said: "Particularly special one from yesterday - marring an otherwise unblemished 90 mins of safe and courteous drivers.

"Approaching the bend, the Mercedes van inexplicably decided it was a good point to overtake despite the oncoming car already being clearly visible to me and therefore presumably to him as well - but even if not, it would have been clear that there was every likelihood of something coming round the corner.

"Inevitably, despite squeezing horribly close to me, his huge vehicle still obstructed the opposing lane and the oncoming driver was forced to come to a complete stop.

"I was also forced to hit the brakes as he lurched back in, barely missing the now stationary car - the driver of which gave me a pained look - so I did indicate the camera to him, so hopefully he will at least be aware that the van driver can expect to be brought up on this one, assuming that Warwickshire police do anything with the report I submitted as soon as I got back."

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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.

> 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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