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Photo #47933

See clip at youtu.be/Xfppu81VYEM

There are parked cars opposite every few dozen yards. At the start of the clip a driver comes up and steadily gets closer and closer before trying to overtake and pulls almost next to me at 15 seconds. I put my hand out and say "No" just before the driver almost drives themselves into the parked car.

This was very poorly judged, even assuming I'm going at a slow walk pace, which I'm not.

I scan up the road and wave them past when there is space. I do get a hazard flash in return either in thanks or saying sorry.

Drivers need to be able to judge a lot better than this first attempt if they feel they deserve to hold a driving license. All came out okay in the end but it could have gone either way at one point.

Highway code rule 213.
Motorcyclists and cyclists may suddenly need to avoid uneven road surfaces and obstacles such as drain covers or oily, wet or icy patches on the road. Give them plenty of room and pay particular attention to any sudden change of direction they may have to make.
www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_069858

And more importantly Highway code rule 163.
Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so. You should give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car.
www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_070314

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