Getting irritated at other drivers behind the wheel could end up costing you a fortune in hefty fines.

It may feel good to let your anger out at another motorist that has cut you up or been driving inconsiderately but motorists should keep a lid on their emotions.

However, letting your rage out with a rude hand gesture could land you a fine of up to £1,000.

Drivers can be handed a penalty for “disorderly conduct” under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

Motorists can be fined up to 75 per cent of their weekly wage, capped at £1,000, for committing such an offence.

Alternatively, drivers can be fined for “not being in full control of a vehicle” if they take their hands off the wheel.

This offence could land you a maximum fine of £1,000 and three penalty points.

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.”

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