Near Miss of the Day 298: Undertaking driver + passenger throws paper cup at cyclist

Our regular series featuring close passes from the UK and further afield - today it's New Zealand...

Our Near Miss of the Day series sometimes features videos submitted by readers from outside the UK - and today's comes from as far away as you can get from here, New Zealand, and shows a driver undertaking a cyclist before stopping to try and give some 'advice'.

It was submitted by reader Kerry, who told us: "I thought you might be interested in the New Zealand standard of driving.

"This undertake happened on my way to work this afternoon [Sunday]  at 12.00 on State Highway 1 40 km south of Taupo in the Central North Island.

"Pretty funny as the girl pulled over to give me a lecture about being in her way and when I didn't stop, she overtook again, and her passenger threw a paper cup at 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.

Simon has been news editor at 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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