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Near Miss of the Day 530: ‘Must Get In Front’ driver forced to bale out on manoeuvre

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

It’s another of those MGIF – ‘Must Get In Front’ – drivers that features in our Near Miss of the Day series today, although on this occasion the motorist had to sack off the manoeuvre after coming to the belated realisation that there just was not enough space to pass the cyclist.

The clip was filmed in Glasgow by reader Alun, who said: “On the way home from work I was approaching this roundabout where the lane splits into a right turn and ahead lane.

“I was in the ahead lane and deliberately once on the feature itself I take a wide line rather than hug the kerb to discourage motorists trying to squeeze me on the exit. This ploy usually works and forces a safe pass once on the main carriageway. Until yesterday that is.

“I’d shoulder-checked before entering and clocked the Citroën. On exiting I shoulder-checked again and the Citroën was right on my wheel and braking hard mainly as my line was blocking the exit.

“My first thought was, ‘Damn, that’s close!’. On reviewing the footage it was, ‘Damn that’s even closer than I thought!’.

“If you look carefully you can see the nose dip and the wheels actually briefly lock before the braking system takes over.

“Fortunately the roundabout wasn’t greasy or slushy like further up the road,” Alun added.

“Hopefully it will have put the frighteners up the driver and he will have learnt his lesson.”

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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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