Road rage: Receive penalty points or fines for being aggressive this Christmas

Penalties vary from three penalty points to a massive £1,000 fine as motorist are urged to be on their best behaviour to avoid hefty costs. The RAC Report on motoring has shown road rage across the UK has almost doubled in the last 12 months.

Honking your horn in can see road users hit with a £30 fixed penalty notice bill which can increase to £1,000 under some conditions.

Most of these can cause fines because motorists are deemed to take their eyes off the road or their hands off the steering wheel.

This could be considered dangerous if spotted by a police officer which could lead to penalties being applied.

West Midlands Police define road rage as anything from verbal abuse to threats and criminal damage to physical violence.

Chris Taylor, Digital Marketing Manager at All Car Leasing said: “Road rage can make drivers react in many different ways. We understand there are certain times of the year that can aggravate a certain driver more than others.
“We wanted to make drivers aware their temper could land them a fine they weren’t expecting over this festive season. As the law states your hands should remain on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times.”

The research also highlights the most common causes of road rage across the UK with motorists not using their indicators properly topping the list of concerns.  

Using a phone behind the wheel, driving too slowly, tailgating to packing across multiple spaces are also set to get Britons blood boiling.

The rise in the number of road rage incidents is concerning for the RAC who have blamed record volumes of traffic and congestion as the cause of more frustration.

Simon Willians, RAC road safety spokesman said: Perhaps it is also the case that our tolerance of other people who make mistakes while driving is falling.

“A quick sorry in the form of an apologetic wave could go a long way to taking the heat out of a situation, but unfortunately all too often it is a hand gesture of another sort that leads to an unpleasant car confrontation

According to the recovery group, some car insurance providers will not cover road rage victims in a blow for affected motorists.

Insurers will need evidence the accident was caused by road rage and this is usually only possible if you have a dashcam fitted.

Insurers are unlikely to pay out on claims by road rage aggressors as this will be seen as an at-fault claim.