coming around a left corner, following 2 cars with about 3 car lengths distance between me and the car in front, a van suddenly appeared in front of me making a turn into a side road to my left from the opposite direction. my foot was on the brake before my brain was comprehending, bike was in a controlled sideways slide and i just managed to miss the rear of the van by 1/2 an inch. i sat on the bike at the side of the road for a minute to get myself back to some sort of normality, shaking like a leaf on a windy day. she thankfully had turned around and was coming back to see if i was ok....(some people don't) . i walked over to her window and she grabbed my hand and apologized more times than i care to remember. i stayed calm and told her to please keep an eye out for bikes at all times as we have a bad enough time on the roads as it is. maybe one driver that will take a bit more care in future........ ive earned my friday night beers tonight.