Driving in an Automatic

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My practical is in two days, does anyone have any tips for someone using an Automatic?

I had to switch from manual to automatic because my co-ordination is actually really terrible and gear changing will be one less thing to worry about.

I tried to turn on the headlights while driving as part of the ‘Show Me’ section and I unconsciously steered right. My instructor had to hold the wheel.

It would be a miracle if I pass tbh...
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I tried to turn on the headlights while driving as part of the ‘Show Me’ section and I unconsciously steered right. My instructor had to hold the wheel.
You're not ready to sit your test.
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I tried to turn on the headlights while driving as part of the ‘Show Me’ section and I unconsciously steered right. My instructor had to hold the wheel.
Is that because you’re in an automatic compared to a manual? Why is it different?
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You're not ready to sit your test.
Yep but it’s too late to cancel now. Going to just do my best.
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Is that because you’re in an automatic compared to a manual? Why is it different?
It was the first time she asked me to do a ‘Show Me’, so I wasn’t used to it. I wish she asked me this earlier so I could get used to doing that.
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I passed my practical second time using an automatic. All I would say is to try and stay calm so you can perform better, make sure you know all of the possible show me/tell me questions you could be asked and listen carefully to what the examiner is asking so you don’t make any mistakes. Also, make it really obvious that you are checking the mirrors so they can see that you are. It’s also good to do some driving just before your test if you have time. Best of luck!
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Yep but it’s too late to cancel now. Going to just do my best.
No it isn't.

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I am sort of resigned to the fact that I will probably get a couple of majors. I am just going to try and learn from it. Any tips tho?
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M A N U A L G E A R B O X M A S T E R R A C E

I dab on automatic drivers in my free time, might have to run you over.
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(Original post by okurr123)
I passed my practical second time using an automatic. All I would say is to try and stay calm so you can perform better, make sure you know all of the possible show me/tell me questions you could be asked and listen carefully to what the examiner is asking so you don’t make any mistakes. Also, make it really obvious that you are checking the mirrors so they can see that you are. It’s also really good to do some driving just before your test if you have time. Best of luck!
Thank you so much! First helpful advice on here ^_^
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I am sort of resigned to the fact that I will probably get a couple of majors. I am just going to try and learn from it. Any tips tho?
Why waste the test fee...
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Think of it as a bumper car you're not supposed to bump. You'll be fine!
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Thank you so much! First helpful advice on here ^_^
Haha no problem! And if it’s your first attempt, don’t worry if you don’t pass. Just use it as an experience to learn from your mistakes
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Why waste the test fee...
I’m not going to cancel the test, I have two more lessons before it so I will make the most of them.

I will be hyper vigilant on everything, I had a lesson today (and apart from the headlight thing that happened) I was pretty okay. Just the headlight thing got me super nervous again.
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Haha no problem! And if it’s your first attempt, don’t worry if you don’t pass. Just use it as an experience to learn from your mistakes
Thanks! I will update what I got on Thursday
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I’m not going to cancel the test, I have two more lessons before it so I will make the most of them.

I will be hyper vigilant on everything, I had a lesson today (and apart from the headlight thing that happened) I was pretty okay. Just the headlight thing got me super nervous again.
You shouldn't be driving on your own if you can't turn your headlights on without needing someone to stop you veering into oncoming traffic...

Sorry, but it's the cold hard truth. Don't waste your test fee, unless you've got £62 to throw away!
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You shouldn't be driving on your own if you can't turn your headlights on without needing someone to stop you veering into oncoming traffic...

Sorry, but it's the cold hard truth. Don't waste your test fee, unless you've got £62 to throw away!
The test fee is non-refundable now that it's in two days.
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(Original post by DedicatedWizard)
My practical is in two days, does anyone have any tips for someone using an Automatic?

I had to switch from manual to automatic because my co-ordination is actually really terrible and gear changing will be one less thing to worry about.

I tried to turn on the headlights while driving as part of the ‘Show Me’ section and I unconsciously steered right. My instructor had to hold the wheel.

It would be a miracle if I pass tbh...
Don't worry my examiner even told me which lane to go in before the roundabout. Just hope that your examiner is good.
Good luck.
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Don't worry my examiner even told me which lane to go in before the roundabout. Just hope that your examiner is good.
Good luck.
Thank you, I am trying to feel at ease about this.
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The test fee is non-refundable now that it's in two days.
Why didn't you rearrange it when you realised you weren't ready?
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