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Near Miss of the Day 810: Reckless overtake towards oncoming cyclist and bus… and some afters from the impatient driver

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country – today it's Staffordshire...

A bit of a rarity for Near Miss of the Day, this one – today’s close call was captured, not on the customary helmet or bike camera, but on a car dashcam.

Motorist Lisa sent us the above footage – which features a driver narrowly avoiding hitting an oncoming cyclist and bus, as well as the cyclist they were impatiently attempting to overtake – after being recommended to by a bike riding friend (how kind).

“I managed to catch an incident on camera of a dangerous manoeuvre from a very inpatient Mercedes driver, who then proceeded to cut up the cyclist after he had nearly caused a head on crash and possibly knocking the cyclist off,” Lisa told us.

Hopefully the driver’s on-the-move crash course on the Highway Code and road safety from the rightly disgruntled cyclist takes hold…

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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

Ryan joined as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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