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?)
  • Roadway markings
  • 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?