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Near Miss of the Day 858: Lorry driver overtakes cyclist in “worst case of Must Get In Front I’ve ever had”

“The truck driver literally stopped at the junction in the wrong lane, so it’s lucky there was nobody turning left”

A classic of the Must Get In Front (MGIF for all you acronym aficionados) genre here, as a lorry driver just had to nip in front of the cyclist a matter of yards away from a crossroads – forcing the impatient driver to then dangerously stop at the junction in the wrong lane.

road.cc reader Paul encountered the MGIF motorist on his commute home from work earlier this week on the rural Clarehill Road, part of the relentlessly grippy and twisting Red Hills, located between Dromore and Magheralin in Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

As Paul told us, the lorry driver’s poorly-timed MGIF manoeuvre was made all the more dangerous by the presence of a large barn on the right hand side, which blocks the view of road users travelling from Magheralin and preparing to turn left onto Clarehill Road.

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“Quite possibly the worst case of Must Get In Front I’ve ever had,” Paul told us. “It was lucky there was nobody on that road behind the barn about to turn left.

“I turn right at that junction so tend to keep to the centre of the lane as traffic coming from the right swings wide due to the barn on the corner. The truck literally stopped at the junction in the wrong lane so it’s lucky there was nobody turning left.”

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Paul says he did not report the lorry driver’s perilous overtake, citing the current absence of an online portal in Northern Ireland (though the PSNI told Sustrans last month that such a portal is on its way), and the present “hassle of reporting close passes in the middle of nowhere as the current system asks for a house number and post code.”

Well, at least the lorry driver’s only punishment will be his place in MGIF infamy…

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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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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.

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Ryan joined road.cc in December 2021 and since then has kept the site’s readers and listeners informed and enthralled (well at least occasionally) on news, the live blog, and the road.cc Podcast. After boarding a wrong bus at the world championships and ruining a good pair of jeans at the cyclocross, he now serves as road.cc’s senior news writer. Before his foray into cycling journalism, he wallowed in the equally pitiless world of academia, where he wrote a book about Victorian politics and droned on about cycling and bikes to classes of bored students (while taking every chance he could get to talk about cycling in print or on the radio). He can be found riding his bike very slowly around the narrow, scenic country lanes of Co. Down.

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marmotte27 | 1 year ago
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Deliberate traffic violation + professional driver = immediate driving ban.

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Piratepete | 1 year ago
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Like many (but certainly not all) of these incidents, poor road positioning and/or awareness by the cyclist makes things worse than they need to be.

Approaching such a junction with a large truck (or any vehicle) behind me, I would have eyeballed the driver, signalled my intention to turn right and moved to primary position way back before the start of the clip. There is no indication throughout the clip that the rider did any of this (hands always on the hoods, stayed in secondary throughout, no wobble suggesting a look behind) so was he even aware the truck was there until it was alongside? 

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Oldfatgit replied to Piratepete | 1 year ago
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Ahhh right ...
It's all the cyclist's fault then that someone driving a 45ft articulated truck decides to overtake with less than 2 clear vehicle lengths from a plainly visible STOP sign.

Go away and boil your head. This is solely on the so-called 'professional driver and nothing to do with anything the cyclist did.

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Flintshire Boy replied to Oldfatgit | 1 year ago
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Hey, great to chat with you!

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Seems like you are having a wonderful Sunday.

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Long may they continue for you.

 

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Piratepete replied to Oldfatgit | 1 year ago
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I'm not admonishing the driver at all and regardless of the obstacles put in our way, all incidents such as this should be reported and followed through to a conclusion with the police (here in Scotland the promised Dashcam Safety Portal is still no nearer delivery).

My point is, we should stop making it easy for drivers such as this by riding more assertively.

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belugabob replied to Piratepete | 1 year ago
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Piratepete wrote:

I'm not admonishing the driver at all and regardless of the obstacles put in our way, all incidents such as this should be reported and followed through to a conclusion with the police (here in Scotland the promised Dashcam Safety Portal is still no nearer delivery).

My point is, we should stop making it easy for drivers such as this by riding more assertively.

In my experience, no amount of road positioning or indicating will stop drivers from pulling such stupid moves - there were plenty of reasons to not do it, but the driver went ahead anyway.
I had a stupid overtake, from a bus driver, on Friday and when you consider that the driver must negotiate that particular blind bend at least a handful of times, each shift, there is no way that a moderately competent/considerate driver should have contemplated it.
Totally, and utterly the drivers fault, and totally and utterly nothing to do with the cyclists behaviour.

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Wingguy replied to Piratepete | 1 year ago
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Piratepete wrote:

I'm not admonishing the driver at all 

That word does not mean what you think it means.

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Rendel Harris replied to Wingguy | 1 year ago
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Wingguy wrote:

Piratepete wrote:

I'm not admonishing the driver at all 

That word does not mean what you think it means.

I think it probably does but they meant to say "the cyclist" rather than "the driver".

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Rome73 | 1 year ago
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The driver gave the cyclist space. (The cyclist should perhaps have been more central in the lane when approaching a junction) But it really was a pointless overtake. 

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Awavey | 1 year ago
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Pointless overtake, but the worst close pass ever ?

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Wardy74 replied to Awavey | 1 year ago
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No, that's why it says worst MGIF.

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Awavey replied to Wardy74 | 1 year ago
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There are plenty of worst MGIFs than that

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eburtthebike replied to Awavey | 1 year ago
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Awavey wrote:

There are plenty of worst MGIFs than that

English!  Worserer, please.

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Awavey replied to eburtthebike | 1 year ago
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Meh, potato, potahtoe. We go from millimetres from death to meters of nothing, doesn't feel in the same ballpark.

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wycombewheeler replied to Awavey | 1 year ago
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Awavey wrote:

There are plenty of worst MGIFs than that

It's been a long time sinc I was in school, and I know language is evolving, but I'm reasonably sure there is onle one WORST MGIF.

Although I agree it probably isn't this one.

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Awavey replied to wycombewheeler | 1 year ago
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Everyone's a critic, look I specifically used "worst mgif" like that because that's how this pass has been labelled and it made sense,to me, to keep it that way even if i was extending the comparison beyond the singular example here . Maybe I should have air quoted it "worst mgif".

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andystow replied to wycombewheeler | 1 year ago
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wycombewheeler wrote:

Awavey wrote:

There are plenty of worst MGIFs than that

It's been a long time sinc I was in school, and I know language is evolving, but I'm reasonably sure there is onle one WORST MGIF.

Although I agree it probably isn't this one.

The statement was well qualified if you read the article. If Paul had said that "Conor Dunne is quite possibly the tallest person I've ever met," would you believe him? He doesn't need to have met the tallest person alive.

“Quite possibly the worst case of Must Get In Front I’ve ever had,” Paul told us.

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GMBasix | 1 year ago
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"...it’s lucky there was nobody turning left"

Aside from the senselessness of the overtake at that point, anybody turning into that road has themselves to blame if they turn in without seeing that their path is clear. 

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Sriracha replied to GMBasix | 1 year ago
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For sure, but guess what evasive manoeuvre they would make when they eventually realised their predicament, especially if there was oncoming traffic bearing down the main road.

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AidanR replied to GMBasix | 1 year ago
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You turn onto a side road with the hope of a clear road but the expectation that you may have to stop if there's something blocking your path. Nobody (driving or cycling) would expect a lorry coming at them on the wrong side of the road.

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wycombewheeler replied to AidanR | 1 year ago
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AidanR wrote:

You turn onto a side road with the hope of a clear road but the expectation that you may have to stop if there's something blocking your path. Nobody (driving or cycling) would expect a lorry coming at them on the wrong side of the road.

while when you turn into a side road you should be able to stop in the distane you can see to be clear, because you don't know what may be parked or broken down there (or roadworks or debris or skip etc etc.

In the case of someone driving on the wrong side of the road, you have o be able to stop in considerably less space, becaus after seeing the HGV, it will travel a significant disance before stopping.

there ar good reasons wy overtaking close to juctions is banned.

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HLaB replied to GMBasix | 1 year ago
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The only sense I can think for the idiotic manoeuvre is the driver thought the cyclist was going into the little lane too, where it would have been impossible to pass safely and chose here to overtake 😐

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HoarseMann replied to GMBasix | 1 year ago
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yep, it amazes me how many drivers will just swing into a side road without checking it's clear. Happens to me most days, as I have to emerge on almost the wrong side of the road due to illegally parked cars.

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PRSboy replied to HoarseMann | 1 year ago
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HoarseMann wrote:

yep, it amazes me how many drivers will just swing into a side road without checking it's clear. Happens to me most days, as I have to emerge on almost the wrong side of the road due to illegally parked cars.

Particularly these days when a driver will have to stop and give way to a pedestrian looking to cross a side road.  

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