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Near Miss of the Day 802: The most pointless overtake ever?


Must get in front (or MGIF to those in the know) denotes a driver who just has to get in front of a cyclist (or any other road user, for that matter), often at truly pointless or unsafe moments, such as today's Near Miss of the Day...

Dan from Stoke-on-Trent is today's submitter, and was cycling home at the start of June when this motorist decided it was worth racing in front to make sure they could turn left and not wait behind him any longer.

The saving? "Literally one second," Dan told us.

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"I was cycling home from work in the Tustall area of the city when the driver of the white Mercedes decided to overtake me and then immediately turn left in front of me to save literally one second, narrowly inches from clipping my front wheel."

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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.

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

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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