Guidelines for Commentary Drivingsite.dev2015-04-02T11:51:26+00:00
Commentary driving is a great tool for students who have difficulty multi-tasking or become confused when they are in a complex situation (such as a busy intersection.) This tool enables students to identify situations that would cause them to make a change in speed or direction.
They should use Commentary Driving to recite the tasks ahead.
Comments are expected to take place before the fact, not after.
Students should talk about things they see and the action they intend to take.
Comments should include:
Signs (do they see them and understand what they mean?)
Signals (If the light is changing, or about to change, what action should they take?)
Hazardous situations (Do they see it and know how to respond?)
Driving practices of other drivers. (Are they watching other drivers and anticipating their actions or mistakes?)Comments should be specific; general terms such as “checking conditions” and “will move into proper lane,” should be avoided.
Commentary Driving Evaluates Students ability to:
Recognize and practice problem solving
Recognize the vast number of things a driver should be watching for and that driving is a full time job
Implements the knowledge and driving skills previously learned
Judge how far ahead one should observe and how early to start taking action.
Use eyes efficiently
Recognize hazardous situations in time
Once the student progresses, you can play the “What If” game. A parent can make suggestions such as: What if a child runs into the road. How would you react? What is your escape plan?