(Original post by MissDetermined)
I sometimes forget to go down to first gear at junctions :/ my instructor says I'll probably get minors for it, I do slow down and stop and look properly but I shouldn't keep changing from 2nd to first when I stop? And sometimes I don't always have time to get to 2nd gear when approaching roundabouts, so sometimes I'm in 3rd gear and stop and go to 1st when I could have dropped to 2nd, had time to assess the situation and only stopped when needed. And hill starts! Got my test this week, not ready at all! My instructor told me to go ahead with it though, but I don't believe him.
You should go down to 1st gear when you slow down and stop, otherwise you can stall, for example when I was in a car park the other week looking for a parking space, someone let me go to go up onto the next floor, I was in 2nd gear and stopped completely before I moved and stalled, so I should've gone down to 1st gear. There are times when I can get away with being in higher gear, but it doesn't always work and have to go into 1st gear, so I'd personally advise you to go down to 1st gear in your test when you stop completely or you can get a minor or a serious.
Also with going down to 2nd gear when approaching the roundabout, just remember to go down to 2nd as your slowing down and approaching the entrance to the roundabout, so this'll give you enough time to think about what you need to do next, this could get you a minor(s) on your test if you don't assess properly, etc.
And with hill starts just remember to get a high enough biting point, when I failed on my 2nd attempt, I got a serious for stalling on a hill start, even though there wasn't anyone about. But I passed on my 3rd attempt
! And remember if you don't pass, it's not the end of the world, it took me 3 attempts to pass my practical
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