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Near Miss of the Day 632: Driver overtaking cyclist forces oncoming motorist to brake and swerve

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

We have a rarity for you in our Near Miss of the Day series today – a video shot from a car’s dashcam, rather than a cyclist’s action camera. However, it perfectly illustrates, albeit from a different perspective than usual, a type of close pass we regularly see in footage submitted for the feature – when a motorist overtakes a cyclist despite oncoming traffic.

In this case, the driver, who was towing a trailer to boot (with what appears to be a steamroller on it), also illegally crossed over the double white lines in the centre of the road to overtake the bike rider.

The footage was captured by road.cc reader Gareth, who told us: “I wasn’t the cyclist in this incident but was forced to brake hard and swerve out of the way of a vehicle overtaking a cyclist on a double white line, on a blind corner and towing a trailer.

“Although they were leaving plenty of room for the cyclist to start with, they had cut in pretty sharply to avoid a head on collision with me. Exactly what I needed after a 12 hour night shift!

“This happened Thursday 2nd September at 0630 just outside of Broadbridge Heath in West Sussex.

“Unfortunately the low light combined with the headlights of oncoming vehicles mean the number plate wasn’t captured and there are no identifying logos etc on the vehicle.”

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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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