PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Assess the most recent studies using driving pressure (DP) as a monitoring technique under mechanical ventilation and describe the technical challenges associated with its measurement. RECENT FINDINGS: DP is consistently associated with survival in acute respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and can detect patients at higher risk of ventilator-induced lung injury. Its measurement can be challenged by leaks and ventilator dyssynchrony, but is also feasible under pressure support ventilation. Interestingly, an aggregated summary of published results suggests that its level is on average slightly lower in patients with coronavirus disease-19 induced ARDS than in classical ARDS. SUMMARY: The DP is easy to obtain and should be incorporated as a minimal monitoring technique under mechanical ventilation.