A driver who pulled out on a cyclist they had not seen because they were chatting to their vehicle’s passenger features in the latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series.
The incident was filmed in Havant, Hampshire, by road.cc reader Jim, who told us: “A driver too busy chatting with a passenger pulled out in front of me, luckily I wasn’t travelling at high speed .
“It happened in Havant, I was on the road at the Hulbert Road roundabout and had the right of way having just come through a set of traffic lights onto the roundabout.
“It was clear on the video footage the driver didn’t look and was chatting to her passenger at the time .
“If the traffic light had been green when I was coming down the hill I would have been going quicker and wouldn’t have had time to stop,” Jim said.
“When the lights changed I entered the roundabout and then the driver pulled out in front of me.
“I gave her a blast of my Hornit which was when she and her passenger both looked round.”
He added: “I didn’t report it to the police as they don’t bother unless you actually have an accident.”
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.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.