What is commentary driving?
Commentary driving is simply giving a verbal running commentary while driving. The verbal commentary includes what you see, what you are planning and what you are thinking.
Who uses commentary driving?
High speed emergency services such as the police use commentary driving, both while training and in the course of pursuit.
What’s the benefit of commentary driving?
Essentially it trains you to focus and stay alert, and for many, it’s highly effective. For most, driving becomes a chore. If you imagine when you’re walking, you don’t often pay a great deal of attention to what’s going on around you.
A similar lack of awareness and concentration happens while driving, and not just to experienced drivers. Learner drivers also suffer from a lack of awareness and concentration. Commentary driving addresses this by engaging the brain into every little detail that is picked up by your eyes. For learner drivers, it can not only help with alertness, but enables them to learn driving observational skills at a much faster rate.
If as a learner driver you are really struggling with the process of driving, or if you have had one or more driving tests and keep failing, learn commentary driving and see if it makes a difference to your concentration, alertness and observational skills.
You might be thinking, does it really make too much difference whether you’re speaking things out loud compared to just thinking them? Thoughts often get mashed and mixed up with other non-relevant thoughts and quite often you don’t even realize it. Commentary driving cuts off any non-relevant thoughts allowing you to concentrate 100% with the task at hand.