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.