Dramatic dashcam footage has captured the moment an angry passenger cracks another motorist’s windscreen by pelting his car with a plastic bottle.
The pair had been involved in a bust-up as they approached a junction.
A bearded man travelling as a passenger in a white BMW, leans out of the window and hurls a two-litre bottle of water at the windscreen of the other driver.
The victim’s dashcam camera captured the whole incident – with the bottle cracking the bottom of the windscreen. The BMW shot off afterwards.
But the badly-shaken victim has made the footage available to police to deter other road rage thugs by showing how their behaviour can be caught on camera.
Footage from the incident, which took place in January near Heathrow Airport, was released by dashcam firm VisionTrack as figures reveal a surge in road rage incidents on Britain’s roads.
There has been a 70 per cent rise in the number of incidents in the last five years.
More than a seventh (15 per cent) who have experienced road rage say they have been involved in ten incidents or more – suggesting there is a group of motorists such as this passenger who cannot control their rage when they are travelling in a vehicle.
Simon Marsh, VisionTrack managing director, said: “Road rage incidents are rapidly increasing as Britain’s roads become more congested.
“There is a significant number of motorists who are a danger to themselves and other drivers.
“They react to minor altercations in a way they simply wouldn’t if they were not behind the wheel of the car and they try to bully other drivers.
“A great way to protect yourself from road rage thugs like the passenger in this footage is by fitting a dashcam to your vehicle.
“We have released the footage because drivers who endanger other motorists should be aware their actions can be caught on camera and they can be held accountable. This can only help to improve road safety.”
The road rage data came from Freedom of Information data obtained from 15 police forces across the UK.
One reason for the surge in incidents is the increased volume of vehicles on Britain’s roads.
Traffic is at its highest ever levels with vehicles travelling 318 billion miles in total each year.
The main reason for the record traffic levels is a sharp increase in vans – most for deliveries.
Traffic has never been slower with A roads in the morning at peak times averaging 23.4mph across the country, and just 15mph on London A roads.
VisionTrack says sales have risen by 40 per cent in the last year as increasing numbers of motorists invest in dashcams to protect themselves against road rage incidents and cash-for-crash fraudsters.
Drivers who invest in the technology find that their insurance can come down due to improved driving performance and greater evidence in the event of an insurance claim.
Mr Marsh added: “The best way to protect your no claims is to invest in a dashcam. The camera never lies and footage provides the ultimate protection in the event of a disputed claim where you are the innocent party.”