Today in our Near Miss of the Day series we are in Manchester for a brief glimpse of the king of the must get in front drivers — leave all expectation of patience and common sense at the door for today's shocker...
This footage was taken at the White City roundabout in Trafford where road.cc reader Brett was "patiently waiting for the lights to turn to carry on straight over the junction, as was my right of way to either go left towards Victoria Warehouse or continue on Trafford Road.
"It was quite clear from looking to my right, due to the engine revs of the Mercedes behind me something was not quite right. The driver was in a 'go straight ahead' lane but chose to cut across me to gain 200 yards."
Upon catching up with the motorist, Brett "kindly informed" him that he also has a rear camera "which subsequently caught his face clearly and him appearing to give me the bird".
Brett submitted the footage, along with other clips, to Greater Manchester Police but has not heard back about any of the incidents.
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.
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.