Highway Code rule 163 tells motorists to "Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so," and that they should "give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car."
Today's video in our Near Miss of the Day series, though, shows the opposite - a driver squeezing past a cyclist on a narrow road despite the fact that there is a car coming in the opposite direction, making it unsafe and illegal, and with the rider given just inches of room.
Surrey Police's Roads Policing Unit, as you may know, regularly call out drivers on Twitter over their ignorance of the law, including setting straight misconceptions over what cyclists can and cannot do, but this close pass happened on their patch, near Weybridge.
It was filmed by road.cc reader Bryan, who told us: "I was out cycling and I caught this close pass ahead. The cyclist in front is an unknown and to be honest, I don't think he even knew how close the car actually was.
"I heard the car was behind me and unsure if was still approaching until it was beside me, I also saw the gap closing with the oncoming car.
"It goes to show, these close passes are probably a lot more common than we all realise," 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.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.