A heart-stopping video shows the moment a maniac on the A9 comes close to a head-on smash.
Footage shows the driver pull out to overtake a trailer even though the dashcam vehicle coming in the opposite direction is barely 100 metres away.
Screams can be heard as the reckless motorist swerves to the left of the dashcam car at the last moment and, according to the shocked driver, immediately tries to overtake again.
The incident happened near Aviemore, in the Highlands, on a stretch of road widely considered one of the most dangerous in Scotland.
Road safety campaigners said it was miraculous that no-one was hurt and described the incident as one of the worst they’d ever seen.
The footage, obtained by Scotland’s Worst Drivers, was captured on Monday on a stretch of the A9 that bypasses Aviemore in the Highlands.
John Friday, from Glasgow, who was driving the vehicle, said: “I thought the black Astra was going for an overtake to begin with, but then didn’t pull back into his lane.
“It was like a game of chicken, I waited till the last second to make a choice on which direction to go to avoid collision.
“He mounted the verge and then pulled back across to his side of the road between me and the car behind before pulling back out to overtake the horse box.”
The footage has been condemned by road safety campaigners, with some even saying it’s one of the worst cases of bad driving they have ever seen.
Mike Bristow, spokesperson for Brake the road safety charity said: “The driver in this footage has shown a frightening disregard for the safety of others, and it is a miracle that no one was hurt.
“Drivers need to realise that these reckless antics not only jeopardise their own lives, but the lives of others as well. We need to get tough with people who drive in such a reckless manner, by giving judges the power to hand out sentences that reflect the severity of these crimes and provide a real deterrent to others.”
A spokesman for Scotland’s Worst Drivers said: “This is one of the worst pieces of driving I have seen in a long time, and I’m baffled why this driver did not abort the overtake.
“I hope that the police catch this maniac before he kills someone, it’s a miracle a head-on collision was avoided here.
“He is certainly a candidate for Scotland’s Worst Driver of the year award, that is of course if he makes it to the end.”
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “If members of the public have concerns regarding driver behaviour which is recorded on dash cams we ask in the first instance that they report them to the police.”
The A9, Scotland’s longest stretch of road, has a reputation for being one of the most dangerous roads in the country.
In 2013 the Scottish Government announced a plan to install average speed cameras on the A9 between Perth and Inverness to help reduce accident numbers.
Cameras became operational in 2014, making them the second permanent average speed camera scheme in Scotland.