If you lose your temper behind the wheel this Christmas, you could be fined £ 1,000, drivers are warned.
Swearing, gestures, and even ringing your horn are all actions that can get you in trouble.
Drivers who are stuck in a traffic jam after the lockdown in their Christmas shopping are therefore warned to behave – or get fines and three points on their driver’s license, the Express reports.
The AA even urges people to stop if they think they are about to lose it.
Keith Hawes, director at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, agreed that frustrations could spill over this winter as roads fill up after the lockdown ends.
And he warned that delays in Christmas shopping and even bad weather can make drivers struggle to keep their anger at bay.
Mr. Hawes said, “Lockdown is hopefully nearing an end, and with that, the roads will fill up again – especially with those last-minute Christmas buyers.
“This, along with increasingly bad weather conditions, can contribute to drivers losing patience behind the wheel.
“A natural impulse of many motorists is to express this anger in the form of raising a middle finger or even making a rude gesture towards other motorists.
“What many don’t know is that this can get you in a lot of trouble.”
In addition, motorists can be fined for road rage if they drive aggressively or drive too close to the vehicle in front.
Speeding another vehicle is another form of aggression punishment that can be handed out.
Mr Hawes says cheaper fines of £ 30 could be imposed in smaller cases.
However, drivers who have endangered themselves or other road users can expect to face the full force of the law.
He said, “Road rage in this form is a criminal offense under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
“Those found guilty of this can be fined £ 1,000 or three points on their license.
Likewise, aggressive honking for no valid reason comes with a fixed fine of £ 30, but if you don’t pay this the fine can be increased up to £ 1,000.
“So before you act impulsively, it might be worth it to count to ten and forget about it before you get a massive fine in the run-up to Christmas.”
Picking up penalty points can also have a big effect on your auto insurance premiums.
And every impact was felt up to four years after the incident.
In addition, younger drivers can have their driver’s license taken away if they pass six points within two years of passing their exam.
Jack Cousens, AA’s head of road policy, said: “A small minority of motorists think that being in their car exempts them from such an offense.
“However, this kind of anti-social behavior can put you in hot water and take you on an expensive trip to court.
“Road users have a duty of care towards each other, so keeping a cool head and staying focused is important.
“Your hands should stay on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
“Instead of letting the tailgater get under your skin, where it is safe to do so, it is better to let them pass so you can continue your journey.”