FOR those motorists who tend to have a bit of a temper behind the wheel, one moment of anger could see them slapped with a hefty fine.
And as more Brits jump behind the wheel this winter, frustrations are likely to boil over.
But before letting their anger out, Brit drivers should remember even the smallest act of road rage could land them with a fine of up to £1,000.
While tailgating or speeding around another car can have serious consequences, any driver caught making a “rude hand gesture” behind the wheel could be slapped with a fine of 75 per cent of their weekly wage, capped at £1,000.
This is because the offence is classified as “disorderly conduct”, and carries a criminal penalty under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
So when another motorist cuts you off or steals your parking space, think twice before flipping them the bird as you never know who could be watching.
Hand gestures can also be interpreted in another way, with police able to fine you for “not being in full control of a vehicle” if you take your hand off the wheel to make a signal.
If charged with this offence, you could be given a maximum £1,000 fine and three penalty points on your licence.
In 2018, a motorist in County Durham was hit with penalties for speeding, not wearing a seat belt and not being in full control of his van after he made an offensive hand gesture at a stationary traffic officer with a speed gun.
Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said: “A small minority of drivers think that being sat in their car exempts them from an offence like this.
“However, this kind of anti-social behaviour can land you in hot water and take you on an expensive trip to the courts.
“Road users have a duty of care to each other, so keeping your cool and remaining focused is important.
“Your hands should remain on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
“Rather than let the tailgater get under your skin, where safe to do so, it is better to let them pass so you can carry on your journey in a calm manner.”