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Near Miss of the Day 680: Dangerous overtake into oncoming traffic

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

We’re back on the same stretch of road in Buckinghamshire for the second time in a week in our Near Miss of the Day series today, this time featuring a driver performing a dangerous overtake on a pair of cyclists, passing the second of them just as another motorist is coming from the opposite direction.

The solid white lines on what is a winding road change from one side to another, highlighting that the prospect of drivers being tempted to make unsafe overtaking manoeuvres here is something of which the relevant highways authority – but that still doesn’t stop some motorists from taking their chances.

The road.cc reader who shot the footage on Winslow Road, south west of Milton Keynes, told us that he had received no response from Thames Valley Police.

“The road is very bumpy and there is a harsh set of potholes near the end of the video,” he said.

“You have to use the whole lane to get through to the other side safely.

“I’m not sure why one would need to overtake a cyclists at this speed on such a dangerous and blind set of corners,” he added.

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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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