Talk to Yourself & Pass Your Road Test :: Running Commentary

[TALK TO YOURSELF & PASS YOUR ROAD TEST :: RUNNING COMMENTARY] -Hi there smart drivers. Rick with Smart Drive Test talking to you today about running commentary. Running commentary is
something you can use for learning how to drive
regardless of class. Whether you’re a commercial driver or learning how to drive
a passenger vehicle. This tool will help you to
learn how to drive faster and improve your overall abilities in operating a motor vehicle regardless of whether
it’s a car, light truck, bus or truck. So, some of the students
have actually apologized to me when they’re talking to themselves as they’re learning how to drive. They’re talking about
what they’re looking at, they’re talking about
the techniques and skills that they’re putting in
place to maneuver the vehicle through traffic and around corners and those types of things. Actually I never say apologize for that because actually it’s
one of the best tools that you can use when you’re learning how to do something. Driving, learning how to build a shed or anything that you’re
learning how to do, running commentary is going to help you and imprint on your brain the skills and abilities and knowledge that you need for the purposes of learning how to drive. So I would encourage you
to use this technique. It will help you to learn faster, and it will work for
both passenger vehicles and drivers learning how to
drive a commercial vehicle. So today what we’re gonna
do is we’re gonna go for a drive. We’re gonna show you how
to do running commentary while you’re learning how to drive, and on a road test. I would strongly encourage you do do it on a road test as well. So stick around. We’ll be right back with that information. [INTRO & UPBEAT MUSIC] Hi there smart drivers, welcome back. Rick with Smart Drive
Test talking to you today about running commentary. Having a monologue, talking
while you’re learning how to drive. That way when you’re with
the driving instructor, you’re with the driving examiner, they don’t have to
guess what you’re doing. They know exactly what
you’re doing as well. It reinforces the skills and abilities and knowledge that you
need to learn how to drive and raise your skill, and to
be a better driver overall. So what we’re gonna do here
we’re gonna go for a drive and show you how to do running commentary. So we’re in the parking space here. Check the mirror behind us where you have to back up in the space. So we put the vehicle into reverse, release the parking brake. I got my feet on the brake and the clutch. So the reverse lights are on. I look behind me, directly behind me, and I back up about three feet. Letting the clutch out. Mirror signal shoulder check. Shoulder check into a forward gear. Turn the steering wheel to the left. Approximately half turn. And looking in the path of travel, and we have a stop sign. And we’re turning right. Mirror signal shoulder check. Nothing behind us, we come to a safe stop at the stop line. We stop just as the stop line rolls under the front of the vehicle. Right turn, I can’t see. I move forward. No one in the crosswalk. There’s a vehicle coming. I can see now. I shoulder check immediately before going. I creep put, there’s no vehicles coming. And we proceed. Looking down I have a stop sign. I’m going to turn right,
or left rather, sorry. Into the turning lane. Mirror signal shoulder check. There’s a vehicle behind me. Stop at the stop line. Complete stop. The body settles back on the chassis. We move forward until we can see. There’s a UPS vehicle coming. There’s a vehicle beside us. There’s a truck coming from the right. I can see now because
the vehicle has left. And after the pickup truck. Shoulder check immediately
before proceeding. Steering wheel locked, shift the gear. Let the wheel slide between my hands. Shift the gear. Got a green flashing light. And I’m doing approximately
50 kilometers an hour (30mph), which is the posted speed limit. And I keep that speed limit. There’s no one at the
flashing green light. Here in British Columbia
flashing green light is a pedestrian crossing. I don’t see any pedestrians. Scanning the intersection. Slow it a little bit in
case a pedestrians showed up at the crosswalk. Scanning my mirrors. Scanning my mirrors. 50 kilometers an hour. Turning right. Mirror signal shoulder check. I’m not crossing over
into the bicycle lane. Into second gear, the way is clear. Shoulder check immediately before going. Scanning the traffic. Covering the steering
wheel and accelerating to road speed, which is
50 Kilometers an hour. It’s 50 kilometers an hour (30mph)
unless otherwise posted. We’re doing 50 kilometers an hour. I’m checking the traffic behind me. The light behind me at the
intersection has gone green. Scanning both sides. I have a good gap between
me and the vehicle in front of us. The light down there is green. It’s probably gonna be red
by the time I get there. No traffic in the intersection. Good distance behind me
of the vehicles behind me. I’m doing the speed limit. Both hands on the steering wheel. Traffic is good. There’s a vehicle turning in front of me. The vehicle’s a long ways away. Traffic behind me is good. I’m scanning my mirrors. And as I predicted, the
light is going to red. There’s no one in the intersection there. And I’m simply letting off the throttle and slowing down back here. Because there’s no point
rushing up to the red light. I’m simply letting the vehicle slow down. And the tachometer has
started to slug down, so I push the clutch in
and bring the vehicle to a stop. And I can see the tires in front of me making clear contact with the pavement. Back into a forward gear after the vehicle comes to a complete stop. And we stop at the
intersection, and we wait. There’s no pedestrians. Traffic is good. Cross traffic has stopped, so that means the light is
going to change green shortly. The traffic on the other
side has the advance green. Therefore our light is going
to go green momentarily. Into a forward gear, both
hands on the steering wheel. Vehicle behind me is really close to me. Closer than he or she should be. Light has gone green. Scanning the intersection,
the intersection is good. Proceeding through the intersection and attaining highway speed, which is 50 kilometers an hour. Good gap in front of me. Speed sign says 50 kilometers an hour (30mph). We’re going to attain
50 kilometers an hour (30mph). We’re doing 50 kilometers an hour (30mph). Traffic behind me is good. I’m in the right lane so
that the other vehicles can pass in the other lane. Good distance behind me. 50 kilometers an hour (30mph) and
I’m going to turn left at the second traffic light. No pedestrians at the
flashing green light, which is flashing green
light is pedestrian activated traffic light in the
province of British Columbia. Slow down a little bit. Mirror signal shoulder check. No traffic behind me. Shoulder checking again
before I move over. Left my signal on all the way across. Shoulder checking again as I’m moving into the next lane. Gonna stay in the outside lane. That way I’ll be in the right hand lane when I go around the corner. I’m slowing down. Put my signal back on. Stopping behind the vehicle in front of me so I can see the tires
making clear contact with the pavement. Vehicle comes to a complete stop. I put it into a forward gear, both hands on the steering wheel. Light has gone and we proceed, without rolling backwards. Shift into a second gear
and into a third gear, and I stay in my lane. I drive straight into the intersection, look where I want to go. And then recover the steering wheel and accelerate to highway speed, which is 50 kilometers
an hour (30mph) in the city, unless otherwise posted. We’re 50 kilometers an hour (30mph). And we have good distance behind us. No traffic, no pedestrians
at the pedestrian activated crosswalk here. As you can see in the Dash Cam, good distance behind us. Shifting gears after the
pedestrian crosswalk. Checking my mirrors. Vehicle is good behind me. I’m gonna turn right at the traffic light, at the second traffic light actually. No one at the intersection. And vehicles are braking in front of us. The car is turning, shifting down a gear. Actually the vehicle in front of us shifted too early, or signaled too early. Signal, across the bicycle lane. I shoulder check twice. Light is red. That means I need to
come to a complete stop. Light has turned to green. Now I don’t have to stop. Shoulder checking immediately before scanning the intersection, nobody there. Hand over hand, recovering
the steering wheel, and accelerating to speed. 50 kilometers an hour (30mph)
unless otherwise posted. And we’re doing 50 kilometers an hour. Looking in the path of travel, keeping a good distance
between us and the vehicle in front of us. 50 kilometers an hour,
checking my mirrors. Good distance between me
and the vehicles behind us. Pedestrian in the crosswalk. The vehicle back there at the intersection was staying where he
or she was supposed to. Keeping so I can see the
tires making clear contact. The pedestrian light has gone off. The pedestrian has cleared the roadway. Shifting the gear and putting my hand immediately back onto the steering wheel. Nobody at the intersection. Nobody at the flashing green light, which is a pedestrian activated light. No one in the intersection, no vehicles, no road users doing the speed limit. Vehicles behind us are
good, checking our mirrors. And we’re going to turn left
at the next intersection. Approximately half a block
from the intersection we’re going to put our left signal on. Mirror signal shoulder
check, moving to the left and into the turning lane. And we’re going to stop so we can see the wheels, the rear
tires making clear contact with the pavement in front of us. That leaves us about
approximately one vehicle space between us and them. That’s essentially how you
do a running commentary. It’s that simple. You just do a monologue
of what you’re doing, what you’re looking at, and the skills and techniques, the step by step procedure for executing turns, lane changes and those types of things. And that’s how you do a running monologue for the purposes of learning how to drive and for a diving test. Quick review of running commentary while you’re learning how to drive. Running commentary is simply a monologue that you do while you’re
learning how to drive. And essentially what
you’re doing is talking about the other road users
and traffic on the roadway as you’re driving down the roadway. As well you are discussing
and saying out loud the steps for the procedures
for the slow speed maneuvers, how you’re doing your turns, whether you’re looking
at a stale green light and those types of things. Essentially what you’re doing is you’re simply talking out loud and reinforcing the techniques,
skills and abilities that you need to learn how to drive. And I would strongly encourage you as well do this on a road test because when you’re
doing it on a road test the driving examiner is not guessing what you’re looking at. He or she knows what you’re looking at because you’ve said it out loud. I’m looking at the green traffic light. I know that the hand is flashing. Therefore the light is stale, and I’m preparing to stop if
the light turns to yellow. I’m covering the brake. Therefore the driving
examiner is not guessing. He or she knows exactly what you’re doing because you’re doing a running monologue. You’re doing a running commentary while you’re learning how to drive. And I’ve had students apologize for talking to themselves as they call it. Actually no, it’s a really good tool for improving your overall driving ability because it reinforces in our brain what we’re doing, and
reinforces the skills and abilities and knowledge that you need to be able to learn how to drive better. So employ running commentary
while you’re learning how to drive, and for that matter, when you’re learning how to do anything. Question for my smart drivers. Do you think you’re gonna
employ running commentary? Do you think it will help
you to learn the skills and abilities and knowledge that you need to learn how to drive faster? Leave a comment down in
the comments section there. All that helps out the new drivers working towards getting their license regardless of class. I’m Rick with Smart Drive Test. Thanks for very much for watching. If you like what you see
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here on the channel. If you’re working towards a license or starting a career as
a truck or a bus driver, lots of great information here as well. Head over to our website. Good information over there. And awesome online courses
that you can purchase. Thanks again for watching. Good luck on your license. And remember, pick the best answer, not necessarily the right answer. Have a great day. Bye now. (upbeat music) Putting our signal on right away. Move over to the right hand lane. (upbeat music)


  1. I'm 56 years old and just getting my driver's licence! I start my first in car lesson this Sunday and I'm beyond nervous!! I've been watching your videos all week and want to thank you so much for having these available on line.

  2. Yes, running commentary helps a whole lot. My students sometimes do the same thing and apologize too. I tell them that it's okay. Some of them are too shy and don't talk much. Most of the time I'll ask them if they have any questions. Keep it up Rick! Awesome!

  3. failed my drivers test 3 times for dumb stuff like they don't want feeding the wheel back to neutral position they want your hands to force it back manually.

  4. Sure Rick, no problem. Somehow I lost the message you sent me. I know you said something about coming to NY in the 90's. That's awesome. Rick, good luck with that e-book. Take it easy.

  5. driving in india is hell lot different n difficult rick. dis is similar driving pattern as that one in england. but wat to do when a bloody money grabbing bustard driver is too close to mah vehicle behind and continuosly blow horn n could not even wait for 2 to 3 seconds so dat i can get my car moving. horrible

  6. This is kind of an old video and I just saw it now. It’s funny because I do this all the time! My husband is always making fun of me… I especially use it for space management and how to adjust my speed when turning. I must talk in order to have the correct speed and most importantly my foot off the clutch before the turn. Also very helpful when I am merging and exiting the highway. The other day I gave a Colleague a ride and she laughed really hard on my monologue. I didn’t know this was actually a technique recommended by instructors, hahaha.

  7. Can i have you to teach me i been learning for a couple months iam nerves ass hell i go for my test on april 24 i pray to god i pass

  8. This was very helpful. I also do this all the time on my driving lessons. Could you do another one of these, but include more skills, like merging to highway, 4-way stops, changing lanes, complex intersections, etc. Kinda like an example of a drive test drive. Thank you! Your videos are always extremely helpful and clear to understand.

  9. Running commentary helps a lot for driving experience and the road test. I am doing my class 4 restricted road test and am curious about how to do the 360 degree walk around the vehicle in the ICBC parking lot with other vehicles using the parking lot. This is a requirement before backing my vehicle into a parking space.

  10. I used this technique in both my car driving test and my cdl driving test. I honestly don't know if I would have passed the car test without it because everytime I did something wrong, I immediately said what I should have done instead, without the test person asking. Back then I just thought it was my nervousness making me talk too much Lol.

  11. I've been driving for over 30 years now and I still talk myself through situations. Not so much about the control actions I'm taking or the observations I'm making (that's just muscle memory at this point), but analysing traffic situations and prioritizing potential dangers. It really helps to verbalize things as it keeps your attention where it should be, in a way almost no other method can.

  12. 4:27 My running commentary: noticing police officer in opposite lane, wondering if they're looking at me, slight panic building, beads of sweat forming on brow

  13. I just got my L (learners) again at 21 (current age) after failing my road test twice at 17. As soon as I got to driving again I found myself doing this because I have MAJOR driving anxiety.. I'm thankful it's nothing to be embarassed about.

  14. Keep uploading these as well. Just driving around. It helps a lot just to view what someone is doing with commentary.

  15. Hi Rick I worry that if I do running commentary on my road test that the examiner (I am in BC) may tell me to stop doing it. I was too nervous to take my test last December so I cancelled it, I can drive and my instructor has said as much I just get so nervous about the test itself.

  16. great video! Lots of great information. Will definitely try running commentary next time I drive as I just got my permit. In the United States in the state of Texas at least (I think its pretty much all of the states), you have to have a licensed driver in the passenger seat, so hopefully my parents won't get annoyed!

  17. Hi Rick, I enjoyed your videos. I have around 20 years of driving experience but mainly on the British system. I attempted to take my driving test 4 times in Ontario but failed and it was pure bad luck that I failed. In the latest attempt, the driving examiner told me to turn left at the intersection. I went to the left lane after putting the signal, checking mirrors and over the shoulder check. The signal was green so the vehicles coming from the opposite direction had a right of way. There was a vehicle in front of me who took a left turn. He crossed the intersection to go to the left. I inched forward at the intersection did my mirror and shoulder check. There was no one coming in the opposite direction (except that a car in the opposite direction was also planning to make a left turn). As the was absolutely clear, suddenly out of nowhere a man comes in that lane (where I was supposed to go) with a Stop signboard. I stopped my vehicle straight at the intersection waiting for him to tell me to go. When he did, the examiner shouted at me and said GO GO!!!!!!!!!!!. I said I need to check whether any vehicle is coming in the opposite direction before going. That would be just half a second. Then I went to the left (This was nearly toward the end of my test). The entre test was a perfect textbook style driving. But I failed the test because of this. I have heard that this same examiner passed another student who braked suddenly on the road causing a near accident.
    Please tell me what wrong did I do???? I complained about this examiner and the supervisor might have a retest with me.

  18. Sir, The Car I will be using for test have blind spot mirror but the examiner failed me because I did not look back while reversing , how can i look back when I am holding the wheels with both hands , Please advise …..don't want to fail the second time for same reasons

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