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  • Writer's pictureKeith Marshall

Improving awareness!

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

Commentary driving is a technique used to improve driving skills by verbalising what you are seeing, thinking, and doing while driving. It involves continuously narrating the driving experience to yourself, in order to increase awareness and anticipation of potential hazards on the road. Here are some of the key benefits of using commentary driving when learning to drive a car:

  1. Increased situational awareness: By constantly describing what you see, you will become more aware of the road conditions, other vehicles, pedestrians, and potential hazards. This heightened awareness will help you anticipate and avoid potential accidents, and ultimately make you a safer driver.

  2. Improved decision-making: As you practice commentary driving, you will learn to make decisions more quickly and confidently. You will learn to identify potential hazards, evaluate risk, and choose the safest course of action in any given situation.

  3. Enhanced communication skills: Commentary driving requires you to verbalise your thoughts, which can improve your communication skills both inside and outside of the car. You will learn to express yourself clearly and concisely, which will be valuable in many areas of your life.

  4. Better concentration: Commentary driving forces you to focus on the road and your driving, which will improve your concentration and help you avoid distractions.

  5. More effective feedback: If you are learning to drive with an instructor or mentor, commentary driving can help them provide more effective feedback. By verbalising your thoughts and actions, they can better understand your thought process and provide targeted guidance to improve your skills.

  6. Greater confidence: As you become more comfortable with commentary driving, you will feel more confident and in control behind the wheel. This can help reduce anxiety and improve your overall driving experience.

In conclusion, commentary driving is a valuable tool for anyone learning to drive a car. It can help you become a safer, more confident, and more effective driver by improving your situational awareness, decision-making skills, communication abilities, concentration, and feedback. So the next time you get behind the wheel, try narrating your driving experience to yourself – you might be surprised at how much it improves your skills!

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