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Near Miss of the Day 670: Another driver overtaking into oncoming traffic

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

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 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.

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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

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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