Lapse, error and violations




Nobody’s a perfect driver and we all make mistakes from time to time. However the difference between a small mistake and dangerous driving is clear.

Examples of lapses, errors, and violations:

Lapse (a small mistake, a lapse of concentration)

  • Attempting to pull away from lights with handbrake still on.
  • Setting off without lights on at night.
  • Forgetting where you parked the car.
  • Switching on the wipers when you meant to switch on the lights.
  • Driving on autopilot.

Error (breaches of the rules)

  • Playing music too loud.
  • Letting your petrol gauge hit empty.
  • Underestimating speed of oncoming vehicle.
  • Not noticing pedestrians on road.
  • Breaking too harsh.
  • Getting into the wrong lane when you’re approaching a roundabout.

Violation (breaking the law)

  • Jumping traffic lights.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Tailgating the car in front.
  • Making abusive hand gestures to other drivers.
  • Driving with no seatbelt.
  • Using your phone while driving.
  • Getting in a ‘race’ with other drivers at traffic lights.