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Near Miss of the Day 778: Impatient driver overtaking cyclist narrowly avoids hitting oncoming motorist

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

We regularly see impatient overtakes on Near Miss of the Day, some worse than others, but few come as close to causing a collision as this. reader Marcus was riding on the A442 in Worcestershire near Inkberrow just after 11 o'clock, and was "heading back to quieter lanes" when this high speed near miss happened.

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"Whilst riding up a slight incline, two cars passed me ok, but the black Skoda Kodiaq AF20 UZU decides it must get in front of me in the face of another car travelling in the opposite direction.

 "This is an approach to a brow of a hill where you get a blind spot from traffic coming the other way. The Skoda passes too close to me and ‘worse’ almost collides with the oncoming VW who sounded its horn in alarm.

"I hope you’ll publish this as it could have been a multiple disaster as a result of their driving."

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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.

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Dan joined 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, 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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P3t3 | 1 year ago
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The problem with faster roads like this is the speed differential. Most drivers aren't looking far enough ahead and don't have the understanding/discipline to slow down well in advance of cyclists who are essentially stationary when compared to the speed of the car. They get too close before taking action and the once it's too late they feel the only thing they can do is squeeze past. Absolutely horrible!

grOg replied to P3t3 | 1 year ago

Yep; at least the driver saw the cyclist and didn't make him a bonnet ornament..

Seagull2 | 1 year ago

It is depressing that people can drive like that and essentially get away with it. If Seagull2 was running the show, that'd be 6 points, a driver awareness course, 1000squid fine, and insurance companies get full sight of penalties , so there ! 

OldRidgeback | 1 year ago

I hope the footage is sent to the cops and that they take action. That driver is dangerous.

lesterama | 1 year ago

Not nice.

Tricky decisions for a road like this: stay in the gutter and risk passes like that, or go in secondary and risk someone not deviating from their line.

IanMSpencer replied to lesterama | 1 year ago

Yeah, Ambridge seems to frustrate drivers so they get lead-footed either side and the road width means that they can't pass even if you are in the gutter, as the video shows. Hard to stay out when you have a vehicle up your jacksie at 60mph. Fortunately, I only ride it in a group.

The road links to the Lenches so is a popular route and you have to use it for about half a mile. There are back ways around the rest.

mdavidford replied to IanMSpencer | 1 year ago

IanMSpencer wrote:

Yeah, Ambridge seems to frustrate drivers

Is Linda Snell's speedwatch campaign still going? All seems to have gone very quiet on that front.

Spangly Shiny | 1 year ago

A real sixpence florin moment that!

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