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Near Miss of the Day 516: Overtaking driver brakes to avoid hitting oncoming car

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

It’s a two-for-one in our Near Miss of the Day series today with a pair of videos submitted by a road.cc reader – the one above showing a Mini driver who had given a group of riders plenty of space while overtaking them forced to brake to a halt to avoid a head-on crash with a BMW coming the other way.

The second video, below, shows another overtaking manoeuvre in which the motorist doesn’t just put the cyclist at risk, but also themselves and the occupants of the vehicles coming from the opposite direction, missing a pair of cars by a matter of inches.

The Highway Code says (Rule 162) that “Before overtaking you should make sure the road is sufficiently clear ahead” and that drivers should ensure that “there is a suitable gap in front of the road user you plan to overtake.”

Rule 163, meanwhile, tells motorists to “Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so,” and to give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car.”

Mark, the road.cc reader who sent in the clips, told us that he had also submitted them to Sussex Police’s Operation Crackdown, and that both motorists had been sent warning letters.

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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.

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

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.

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