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Near Miss of the Day 742: MGIF van driver left-hooks cyclist

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

Today's Near Miss of the Day features a 'must get in front' driver also ticking off a left-hook from their bad driving bingo card, overtaking this cyclist, only to turn left across their path having barely got past a fellow road user...

road.cc reader Tim recalls this one happened on Mother's Day, ignore the date and time on the footage, just after 9am in Deal, Kent.

> Near Miss of the Day 741: Good driver, bad driver...

"I was riding out from my girlfriend's to join the Sunday club ride. Nothing note-worthy before this," he said.

"I hadn't seen the van and had been overtaken safely by a few cars before taking the left turn. There was ample opportunity to pass safely before this so presumably from the engine sound he only just reached me as I was getting to his left turn. 

"As they squeezed by I realised what they were going to do so luckily managed to slow down enough to avoid a crash. As I had no previous interaction with the van I cam only presume it was poor driving or a punishment pass for wearing Lycra."

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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.

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> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

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.

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Flintshire Boy | 1 year ago
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The second time is much worse.

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teakay | 1 year ago
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Interesting takes on the Facebook page. 'Should have slowed down on hearing the van' - because increasing the speed difference is sensible and you can make miraculous calculations on where it might be headed and the speed needed. Stuff about the parked cars and not looking. There was space to over taking if going straight on past the park cars and the camera is bar mounted so looking behind is not seen. 'There was loads of room' if that's loafs of roam, starting to turn before finishing the overtake then I am not sure what counts as a near miss?

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bob.sweet | 1 year ago
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I suggest turn off the date and time if (Like me) you cannot keep them correct. If ever you have something that ends up in court it is a potential get out for the other party.

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hawkinspeter replied to bob.sweet | 1 year ago
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bob.sweet wrote:

I suggest turn off the date and time if (Like me) you cannot keep them correct. If ever you have something that ends up in court it is a potential get out for the other party.

As I've got Cycliq front and back, it's almost impossible to keep them on the same time. What I sometimes do when I remember is to turn them on and then put my watch into their field of view so that it's easy to figure out how much each one is off by.

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Hirsute replied to bob.sweet | 1 year ago
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Not at all.

The police forms ask you if the time is correct and then you get an option to state the time of the incident if not.

Not sure what you see as the get out anyhow.

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago
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I suspect it is "Your Honour, my client was driving that van but as you can see the offence happened in 2017 so it is passed the 14 day limit for alerting them of Intended Prosecution"

As you mentioned, the Police forms ask you to state the date and approximate time of the incident. My Go-Pro time always default to GMT so I usually state a line in the incident description box stating that if filmed in BST.

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Hirsute replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 1 year ago
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Although the police would have verified that before sending out a nip ?

Thanks for the reminder to change the time on my camera !

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Hirsute | 1 year ago
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Argument for garmin varia !

Could have been much worse with that slightly slippy surface.

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago
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Not just the slippiness. looked rough in places. 

Unfortunately, the varia, whilst warning the cyclist about an approaching car, would not have alerted them of the sudden left hook.

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HKR replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago
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As a Kent cyclist, sadly that is the normal condition of roads in this county.  If only we had better surfaces like those elsewhere.

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