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Pass my test! - August 27th 2018, 11:14 PM

Earlier in the year (maybe a year ago actually!) I started learning to drive. I was doing manual lessons with a really patient teacher, and I passed my theory, but my anxiety around driving and cars was making it really hard to make any progress. I was in an accident when I was about 9 and although nobody was hurt beyond sprains and a few bruises, we were all really lucky because the car ended up on its roof. So I'm really nervous as a passenger, and having to focus on gear changes and clutch control as well as focusing on the roads and panicking any time a car was anywhere near me, was hard.

So I've decided I'm going to go auto. I sent an e-mail to a driving school and I'm going to try and pass by the end of the year.

Has anybody else had similar problems, and what would you recommend so that I can try and stick to my goal?
Does anyone else not get on with manual but has found more luck with auto?

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Re: Pass my test! - August 28th 2018, 09:53 AM

Dear Hollie,
congratulations on passing your theory test - that's half a success!

Driving might appear tricky at first - not only are all those functions and actions to remember at the same time, but there's also traffic and other road users. I imagine it was difficult to take part in driving lessons after that accident you described, so I'm glad that you had decided to drive anyways
As for auto, it all depends on you honestly. Why I prefer manual is that when I know how to handle it, I can handle auto as well, while it's harder the other way round. It happens to be useful when you need to drive someone else's car, for example. However, I've known a few people - a bit more experienced drivers - who normally drove auto and it didn't prove too difficult for them to switch to manual for some time.
At the same time, I believe that if something's not working, it's good to change it - or at least try. No harm in trying Therefore if you can see manual might not be for you, try to drive auto and decide then.

Good luck with driving Hollie and have a nice day. Keep us updated

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Re: Pass my test! - August 29th 2018, 06:56 AM

I haven't had this problem since I never plan on driving a stick. But I will say I understand where you are coming from. I know for me there is no way I could concentrate enough to learn to drive stick with everything you have to do. Heck for the first couple of months I would forget which was the gas and which was the brake...I had to color code them on my car.

I will also say I got my license at 25 and it was really hard. I had had a permit 3 or 4 times before getting my last one the my license. I was so nervous and anxious I just didn't feel the need to drive. But once I got the hang of it I was comfortable and enjoyed it. Now I love it so much.

And for meeting your goal I would say try and set small goals. I honestly don't know the rules about this in London or anything. But for me I would try and practice driving a couple times a week plus the driving I did with a driving teacher. So maybe tell yourself you will drive 30 minutes twice a week outside of the driving school, and plan it so you have someone to go with you(I know that is required here in the U.S. not sure for you). Then increase it as you feel more comfortable, also if you don't feel ready and like you will pass at the end of the year don't beat yourself up. It's a learning curve and since you were in an accident and traumatized by it I want to say please don't push yourself to much if you aren't ready.

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Re: Pass my test! - March 2nd 2020, 06:58 AM

Congrats i can understand the nervousness that goes around, same happened with me when i answered first call as a customer support executive for a real estate agency and believe me it was really nerve recken.
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Re: Pass my test! - March 16th 2020, 03:50 AM

Congratulations on passing your theory test.

My only advice is to practice as much as you can on quiet streets. That's what I did to gain confidence and I also went with a driving school who took me around to do a practice run of the driving test.

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