We get a lot of submissions to our Near Miss of the Day series that reveal a curious phenomenon – a motorist who is so fixated on getting past a cyclist that he or she seems heedless of oncoming cars or other motor vehicles, thereby putting themselves and the driver approaching, plus any occupants of those vehicles (as well as the bike rider being overtaken), in danger.
Here’s another example, this one from South Yorkshire and filmed by road.cc reader Donny John.
He told us: “Here's a couple of small car drivers enjoying a Sunday morning drive in Doncaster.
“The Toyota completes the overtake, its's not quite in line with the Highway Codes guidelines but I've had closer, the Citroen driver decides to follow, barely crossing the white line.
“Good job too as I actually think that the Citroen is even closer to the oncoming Mercedes than to me,” he added.
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.
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.