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Near Miss of the day 745: Impatient van driver waits...but only for a second

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

Today's Near Miss of the Day will be a familiar to anyone who's spent time out on the roads...

A road user turning onto a main road from a side street creeping out — are they coming? Will they wait for me to pass? 

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In this case, the driver did wait...but only for a second. reader Daniel was on his usual commute when "the van driver obviously underestimated how quick I was going (about 25mph on that part).

"Once he realised he hesitated for a second then decided to carry on regardless. I've only just started recording my journeys due to many incidents like this, unfortunately as he came side on I wasn't able to catch the licence plate."

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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

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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