#1
Hello pit, my driving test is on the 3rd, which is also my 18th birthday and I'm terrified I've only driven a manual for about 10 hours or so and if I fail it will F**k up my family's business and all they say is "if you fail we wont be angry" which is bollocks does the pit have any experience driving? Are there any tips or suggestions?

tl;dr I'm in deep shit.

EDIT: yes a circus, in a tent.

LATE NEWS; I passed! first go!
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#4
my family is a circus and we cant work in victoria cos of legal crap and we cant leave until I can drive a car

EDIT: FYI victoria is an australian state
they can all drive but we have too many trailers and caravans so travelling takes forever and cost heaps of money, and a circus has gotta be able to move.
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#8
I have my driving test on the 1st.
Just don't panic and think clearly. It also helps to get your butt on the road as much as possible in the next few days. Practice, practice, practice. And read the booklet front to back. The written test is just making sure you can memorize numbers.

Try to be as smooth as possible with stops/turns/lane changes/etc.
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#9
Don't panic, that's most important. Also make sure you tell the tester to give you a reasonable amount of time before you change lanes/turns etc... It's not too hard, just show em you can drive
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Dude, go out and drive with your parent to warm up before your big day. You'll do fine though.
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#11
Practise more. The time you spent writing up this thread, you could've been out practising. GO ON, GET!
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Australian driving tests are easy. The number one rule is they don't test your ability to drive a car. they test your ability to drive a car safely. Indicate everything you do, check your rear vision mirror, mirrors on the side, and blindspot everytime you slow down or speed up or do anything. Give way when you're meant to, and drive to the conditions. I failed at reverse parking and took off with the handbrake on when I took my test, but that is irrelevant because I did it all safely. That's all you need to know.

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#13
Wait, if you're in VIC, don't you have to do 120 hours of driving on your L's before you can take the test. If you're shit, they'll know you haven't and won't let you take the test.
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if I fail it will F**k up my family's business and all they say is "if you fail we wont be angry"


Haha no pressure hey
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Just burn a J to calm your nerves, Ts.
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Australian driving tests are easy. The number one rule is they don't test your ability to drive a car. they test your ability to drive a car safely. Indicate everything you do, check your rear vision mirror, mirrors on the side, and blindspot everytime you slow down or speed up or do anything. Give way when you're meant to, and drive to the conditions. I failed at reverse parking and took off with the handbrake on when I took my test, but that is irrelevant because I did it all safely. That's all you need to know.

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THIS. I failed when I first took the test, not because I was a bad driver in any technical sense, but because I failed to check blindspots a couple of times. There's no point being nervous though. Buy a dirt cheap manual car and drive it as much as possible and you'll be fine.
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#17
If you're well nervous on the morning, have a bit of scotch... Calms the nerves!
#18
Have a drink to calm your nerves

Driving is all about experience, it's not difficult what so ever after enough practise. Just chill your beans and take a deep breath before starting. They'll have to deal with mega nervous 17 year olds all day so don't worry about it. I failed the first time i did my driving test because it got mega foggy/misty/shitty weather mid way through and i completely bottled it. That said he did only fail me for indicating too late which seemed a little harsh, i did get quite a few minor points though.

Second time i did it i knew what to expect and just bossed it, it was sunny too which was nice.

tl;dr don't worry about it, just practise for an hour beforehand and you'll be fine.

btw the first line was a joke, if you considered it whatsoever you deserve to fail
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Are you doing your test in one of those tiny clown cars? I can see it now, it pulls up with about 16 driving instructors hopping out...

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Just keep yourself as calm as possible. Think everything through before you do it, so as not to make sudden changes/mistakes. Stick to the speed limit. Be confident, but not too much so. Don't worry about the just 10 hours in a manual bit, it's not that difficult; just be gentle on the clutch, if you're driving along at a steady speed change down a gear if you're doing over about 2000 - 2500 rpm. Be gentle on the throttle, gentle on the brake, and gentle with the clutch; but obviously not so gentle that it doesn't go anywhere or stop in time. Look ahead down the road to see what others are doing, so you can anticipate having to stop/slow down/ change direction etc. you'll have less chance of making sudden and unexpected changes then. USE YOUR MIRRORS, they're pretty big on that here. Look all around the car when setting off including blind spots.
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Australian driving tests are easy. The number one rule is they don't test your ability to drive a car. they test your ability to drive a car safely. Indicate everything you do, check your rear vision mirror, mirrors on the side, and blindspot everytime you slow down or speed up or do anything. Give way when you're meant to, and drive to the conditions. I failed at reverse parking and took off with the handbrake on when I took my test, but that is irrelevant because I did it all safely. That's all you need to know.

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Yeah this is true. I passed my manual license test regardless of the fact that I did a three point turn and failed to change into 1st from stopping in 3rd. I did the whole maneuver oblivious to the fact that I had the car in 3rd from the start and PUT IT BACK INTO 3RD WHEN I DROVE OFF. I did the whole indicate, check shoulder and mirrors and what have you that they test you on and passed. I remember as I was driving off after completing the turn and the guy testing me says to me, "Good job, probably would have been easier if you didn't have it in 3rd."

I shat bricks, but still, I passed the test. You'll have nothing to worry about.
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Yeah this is true. I passed my manual license test regardless of the fact that I did a three point turn and failed to change into 1st from stopping in 3rd. I did the whole maneuver oblivious to the fact that I had the car in 3rd from the start and PUT IT BACK INTO 3RD WHEN I DROVE OFF. I did the whole indicate, check shoulder and mirrors and what have you that they test you on and passed. I remember as I was driving off after completing the turn and the guy testing me says to me, "Good job, probably would have been easier if you didn't have it in 3rd."

I shat bricks, but still, I passed the test. You'll have nothing to worry about.

Ahh good old manual, my dad has an Astra that has a really easy clutch, I set off in 4th no bother

Not sure about the rest of Australia, but here in SA you can pass your test in an automatic and legally be allowed to drive manual

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#23
Sounds like you and your parents need to face the reality of what will happen if you fail. If it'll sink your small business then it's obviously doomed to fail in the first place. The only way you're gonna pass is by making it as comfortable for you as possible.

Driving tests are a pain in the ass. Talk to your parents and tell them that you need something to fall back on if you don't pass then it'll make it 10x easier for you.
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Australian driving tests are easy. The number one rule is they don't test your ability to drive a car. they test your ability to drive a car safely. Indicate everything you do, check your rear vision mirror, mirrors on the side, and blindspot everytime you slow down or speed up or do anything. Give way when you're meant to, and drive to the conditions. I failed at reverse parking and took off with the handbrake on when I took my test, but that is irrelevant because I did it all safely. That's all you need to know.

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This is fantastic advice. My instructor drilled exactly this into me from day one. I passed with no minors what so ever just by being as safe as possible.

Good luck TS, just stay calm, relax, and be safe. If you can actually drive you'll be fine. If you're worried about gear changing etc, as you have relatively little practise with a manual, just sit in the front seat when you can't be actually out driving, and work on getting used to those gear changes, both up and down, so you can do them perfectly without having to look. (That could be totally irrelevant for you, I don't know how much experience you have in a manual).
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#26
first time around they failed me for 45 in a 40 zone, they said "dont be angry, you had everything else perfect" i just thought, **** if it was soo perfect, GIVE ME MY ****ING LICENCE!!
anyhoo, stick 5-10 under the speed limit, check rear vision mirror before braking and check you blind spot when changing lanes. pretty breezy
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It's a very sorry state of affairs if a family business relies on the passing of a driving test by an 18 year old.
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Hello pit, my driving test is on the 3rd, which is also my 18th birthday and I'm terrified I've only driven a manual for about 10 hours or so and if I fail it will F**k up my family's business and all they say is "if you fail we wont be angry" which is bollocks does the pit have any experience driving? Are there any tips or suggestions?

tl;dr I'm in deep shit.

EDIT: yes a circus, in a tent.

auto is for faggots it's your own fault if you fail

also, it took me less than about 1-2 hours at most to learn how to drive a stick shift properly

yet another reason why you deserve it
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#31
Oh my god! The first try??
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#33
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Hello pit, my driving test is on the 3rd, which is also my 18th birthday and I'm terrified I've only driven a manual for about 10 hours or so and if I fail it will F**k up my family's business and all they say is "if you fail we wont be angry" which is bollocks does the pit have any experience driving? Are there any tips or suggestions?

tl;dr I'm in deep shit.

EDIT: yes a circus, in a tent.


Why on earth have you booked for a manual with only 10 hours of practice in?
Go get driving, boy!


Btw, I love the circus.
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#37
I passed first go! I gotta tell someone cos i've got no friends.
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I read the title as Drinking Test.

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Thats because your a carny, and you smell like cabbage. People don't like people who smell like cabbage.

Congratulations though
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