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Near Miss of the Day 742: MGIF van driver left-hooks cyclist

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

Today's Near Miss of the Day features a 'must get in front' driver also ticking off a left-hook from their bad driving bingo card, overtaking this cyclist, only to turn left across their path having barely got past a fellow road user... reader Tim recalls this one happened on Mother's Day, ignore the date and time on the footage, just after 9am in Deal, Kent.

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"I was riding out from my girlfriend's to join the Sunday club ride. Nothing note-worthy before this," he said.

"I hadn't seen the van and had been overtaken safely by a few cars before taking the left turn. There was ample opportunity to pass safely before this so presumably from the engine sound he only just reached me as I was getting to his left turn. 

"As they squeezed by I realised what they were going to do so luckily managed to slow down enough to avoid a crash. As I had no previous interaction with the van I cam only presume it was poor driving or a punishment pass for wearing Lycra."

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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.

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Dan joined in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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