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Steer clear of futile gestures

If a driver pulls out in front of you at a junction, causing you to brake suddenly, your natural reaction will be to admonish them for inconsiderate or dangerous driving, but don’t, keep calm and don’t retaliate. If you were looking far enough ahead and anticipating traffic, you would have seen this was a possibility and have had more time to react. Don’t be tempted to use your horn either as it should only be used to alert other drivers to your presence, not reprimand them. Again, you might be sorely tempted to make a rude hand gesture, but don’t as this is classified as ‘disorderly conduct’, and carries a criminal penalty under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, so think twice before you react. Hand gestures can also be interpreted in another way. You could be fined for ‘not being in full control of a vehicle’ if you take your hand off your wheel to gesture and this carries a £1,000 fine and three points on your licence. Remember, road users have a duty of care to each other, so take the high road and keep your cool by remaining focused with your hands firmly on the wheel and your eyes on the road. If you’re really upset by another driver’s thoughtless action, find a safe place to stop and wait until you’ve calmed down before driving off again.