Drivers face a £1,000 fine and three points on their licence if they are caught swearing at someone on the road.

Experts at Number1Plates have warned drivers caught displaying anti-social behaviour could face strict consequences. 

Motorists may be handed a penalty for “disorderly conduct” for a gesture or remark which could see drivers fined up to 75 percent of their weekly wage.

The penalty is capped at £1,000.

The rule is explained in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

Drivers could also be handed a penalty for “not being in full control of a vehicle” if they take their hands off the wheel.

This could see road users issued a £1,000 fine or up to three penalty points on their driving licence.

Aldan Ibbetson, spokesperson for Number1Plates urged drivers to “remain calm” when behind the wheel.

He said drivers should keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times to avoid possible penalties.

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He said: “Even if another road user has been driving inconsiderately, has cut you up or if they themselves are experiencing road rage, motorists are advised to remain calm and their anger in check.

“Your hands should remain on the wheel and your eyes should be on the road.”

A recent survey by CarParts4Less recently found the majority of drivers were unaware they could be fined for swearing when behind the wheel.

A total of 52 percent said they did not know they could be fined for the simple offence.

A spokesperson for CarParts4Less advised drivers to “stay up to date” with road rules to avoid being caught out.

They said: “It’s not uncommon for drivers to develop bad habits over time.   “While most people will swear out of frustration or play their music loud it’s important to be aware that this behaviour can land you in trouble if it goes too far."

Jack Cousens, spokesperson for the AA said swearing at other road users risks an “expensive trip to the courts”.

He has urged road users to let tailgaters pass and carry on journeys in a “calm manner” to avoid picking up penalties.

He said: “A small minority of drivers think that being sat in their car exempts them from an offence like this."