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driving and the motorbility scheme. Has anyone got a car? Am I worrying about nothing?

Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
im really excited about finally being awarded higher rate mobility and getting a car next month but im really nervous about driving a new car im only used to old bangers

i tried a partners automatic - mine will be manual which is what i learned in - and it was really hard to break it was so sensitive to braking and not sure if that was caus it was new or caus it was automatic

it was almost dangerous to drive with the brakes so sensitive

apart from that have any of  you got a car? Did you get it on motorbbility and has it changed your life

i cant walk and havent been out properly since before xmas so it will be a whole new world to me planning shopping and mini breaks around the country 

havent driven in around a year but when i started again was like riding a bike

am i worrying about nothing

surely a new car will be nicer and easier to drive

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  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,443 Disability Gamechanger
    Were you left foot braking as there's no clutch to use in an auto?  Still use the right foot for both if so.  Cars generally all just feel different though, (I've owned over 60 of them lol!) and I'm not good with change!  You should get used to it over time.  Brand new brakes are a bit snatchy while you bed them in.

    I wonder if your partners car is hybrid at all?  I've got a brand new mild hybrid and the brakes are very sharp on that.  It uses regenerative braking to charge the hybrid battery and it's very intrusive I find.  I have other problems with it as well, making the drive so un-smooth that I'm unable to drive it and have had to stick to my 110k, previously written off, old banger...  Spent 6 months looking for looking for something smoother and still can't find anything.  Having to admit that I may just be too sensitive to any change at all now.  I'm fairly sure that's a problem unique to myself though!
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,201 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there 

    All cars will feel different but you will soon get used to it 

    Just get confident driving if in open spaces like car parks in the evening before you go too far on the road 

    Bet your so excited ti be able to get back driving 

    What car are you getting 
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    His was a Kia not sure if that's hybrid or not

    I remember learning to drive was such a joy in new car so my experience in automatic Kia and also an Audi were surprising

    I might have tried to use clutch by mistake

    I'm getting a new golf r line

    In metallic red

    Get me lol

    I'm beyond excited il finally be able to get out and about
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    Sorry to hear the problems you are having is the new car a motorbility car

    I hope mines not hybrid then
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,443 Disability Gamechanger
    Sorry to hear the problems you are having is the new car a motorbility car

    I hope mines not hybrid then
    I don't know much about new Kia's I'm afraid.

    Which engine are you getting in the Golf?  It's only the 1.5 eTSI that's mild hybrid in them.  The TSI without the 'e' is just normal.  

    I don't qualify for Motability myself, but used PIP backpay to finance it, so sort of the same thing lol.  
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    I'm not sure don't think it's got the e
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,443 Disability Gamechanger
    edited June 15
    Well, better at least check whether it's petrol or diesel before you go to fill it up.  :D 

    The R-Line looks like a great all rounder though.   I've been looking at the Style myself as I need softer suspension...but even that wasn't smooth enough for me sadly.
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    right this is what it says exactly

    Golf 8 r line 1.5 TSI 130 ps manual 5 door 2wd

    Doesnt say if its diesel 
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    just found out its petrol

    what difference does it make

    dont know anything about cars 
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    also never had a 6 speed car

    take it thats for fast driving on motorway

    your my new expert lol
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,201 Disability Gamechanger
    You will use 6th gearors than just on motorways will make it m8re economical 

    You just like any gear listen to the engine noise 

    You may also have an eco gauge on far telling you how ecomical you are driving when in 5th gear if it drops down change to 6th gear 

    Get the garage to go through everything with you before you drive away 

    You will soon get used to it and love driving a new car 
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    yes i cant wait im so excited

    got about a month to wait

    looking forward to the built in sat nav and stereo with  6 speakers

    i havent been out since before xmas so will be a real treat

    first break away is to liverpool in a b and b then up north to visit family

    will be great to go to do my own shopping as well


  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    ive had so many problems with old cars over the years my last one cost more in repairs then i paid for it and broke down twice in the mididle of the motorway took rac 10 hours to pick us up drive us home from leicester to essex and 250 pound for the privilidge before any car repair cost

    i used to hate driving in the end because id be so panicked about the car failing

    with motorbility i get my breakdown cover incluided as well its brilliant its the best use of the money i am entitled to and will grately improve my quality of life

    be nice to have a shiny new golf as well looks gorgeous
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,443 Disability Gamechanger
    also never had a 6 speed car

    take it thats for fast driving on motorway

    your my new expert lol
    Haha, cars are the one thing I know about!  :D

    Yes TSI is petrol, the T stands for turbo-charged so if you've never had a turbo car before, you can expect a bit more pull from it when you put your foot down.  (Most engines are turbocharged now because it means they can make the engine smaller for lower emissions).

    Difference between petrol and diesel driving isn't all that much.  Diesels are harder to stall and a bit lazier.  Petrols are a bit more revvy but quieter at idle.  You do have to make sure not to put the wrong fuel in at the petrol station though...petrol pumps are usually green (not sure if you've any driving experience so hopefully that's not patronising!)

    6th gear is used for higher speed...  Not likely to be used until 50mph+.  As Jane says, you'll hear when the engine wants to change and there'll be an arrow on the dash as a suggestion, but that's not always a perfect suggestion.

    The other thing you might find weird with the new Golf is that it has no manual handbrake.  It uses an electronic button and will apply itself when necessary.  Then you just pull away and it holds the brakes until you've got a strong enough clutch bite not to stall.
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,512 Disability Gamechanger
    Spend a few days driving somewhere very quiet= whilst you get used to your new car.
    "Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    yeah ive had tons of cars but all crappy beaten up ones that cost more to repair than i paid for them

    i wont miss any of them

    looking forward to the extra turbo boost and the 6 gears

    looking forward to it all really

    but will take some getting used to all the features im gonna grill the garage owner before i leave the showroom lol

    what do you like about this car
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,443 Disability Gamechanger
    Lol, you posted just before I did - I'm guessing you know which pumps which now haha!  :D

    I'm the same with breakdowns btw, that's my main reason for buying a new car as I can't cope with breakdowns.  Always worried about my car failing which has made my world smaller and smaller (as well as other issues).  I like cars, but hate driving, mad I know lol.
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    @woodbine

    yeah thats the plan you wont get me out of it when i first get it ive got so many plans not been out since before xmas other than getting in and out of a taxi
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    @overlya

    why do you hate driving because of the fear of breaking down

    ive spent a fortune on repairs and its not even easy to find someone to do a repair - esp at a fair price - as often would break down to the point where car couldnt be moved and id need a remote mechanic who charges the earth and were dodgy mmost of the time

    breking down on the motorway hundreds of miles from home is no joke nor is waiting 10 hours in a sweltering car for RAC to turn up only to demand 250 to tow us home

    Are you close to getting a new car then? Good luck must be a mammoth task choosing

    I think it could still be easy to mix up petrol and diesel as my last car wass diesel but hopefully that wont happen

    dont want anything to jinx things

    one thing im looking  forward to is building up speed easier i used to struggle to get up hills and would go reaally slow after stopping was so frustrating 
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    thanks by the way for getting my excitement up to fever pitch!
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,098 Disability Gamechanger
    Congrats on the new car I bet you are really excited :) I think you made a good choice.

    The one thing I am worried about with my 6 gear car is that 6th is where reverse is in most 5 gear cars. So what happens if I then go back to a 5 gear car, subconsciously try to put it in 6th, and end up putting it in reverse :s
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    yeah i was looking at the KIA but ive always wanted a golf used to have a polo and loved it and hoping golf will be better and more powerful 

    oh thats a worry about the reverse!
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,361 Disability Gamechanger
    I am the opposite to you lol I like my old cars I had three mobility cars i handed the last on back after 12 months but that's just me 

    Enjoy your new car it will all be ok and you will love it 😀
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    Thankyou Lisa so excited now
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,443 Disability Gamechanger
    66Mustang said:
    Congrats on the new car I bet you are really excited :) I think you made a good choice.

    The one thing I am worried about with my 6 gear car is that 6th is where reverse is in most 5 gear cars. So what happens if I then go back to a 5 gear car, subconsciously try to put it in 6th, and end up putting it in reverse :s
    You can't do it - there's a physical 'block' on reverse when you're travelling forwards at speed...  I wouldn't suggest trying it out though.  :D  
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,443 Disability Gamechanger
    edited June 16
    @overlya

    why do you hate driving because of the fear of breaking down

    ive spent a fortune on repairs and its not even easy to find someone to do a repair - esp at a fair price - as often would break down to the point where car couldnt be moved and id need a remote mechanic who charges the earth and were dodgy mmost of the time

    breking down on the motorway hundreds of miles from home is no joke nor is waiting 10 hours in a sweltering car for RAC to turn up only to demand 250 to tow us home

    Are you close to getting a new car then? Good luck must be a mammoth task choosing

    I think it could still be easy to mix up petrol and diesel as my last car wass diesel but hopefully that wont happen

    dont want anything to jinx things

    one thing im looking  forward to is building up speed easier i used to struggle to get up hills and would go reaally slow after stopping was so frustrating 
    I've got a fairly unique combination of issues that make me hate driving...  I can't deal with bodily fluids/processes but suffer with IBS and have a very weak stomach so can't take much motion without triggering those.  I'm terrified of getting injured in a car accident, or having to aid someone else who has been.  I also can't deal with people so calling breakdown or asking passers by for help is extremely difficult, and I couldn't take the motion of a recovery truck anyway.  I suffer from vertigo which can be triggered by things moving in a certain way (trains at level crossings for example) and haven't been able to travel as a passenger for about 5 years now.  And I'm agoraphobic, so even on a good day can only manage short distances and short periods of time out of the house before things become unmanageable or my IBS & nausea get worse.  Just an extra 10 minutes waiting for recovery could be the difference between making it back to the loo in time or not.  With that in mind, I now can't do dual carriageways at all for the fear of getting stranded on them - at least with normal roads there's the option to turn around and go another way.  Since lockdown, the anxiety around driving has got much worse for me, even having to stop for a red traffic light can trigger panic for me now.  It's frustrating, but I don't think there's anything I can do except keep trying to drive in short bursts.  

    Having a smoother driving/riding car should help with the physical issues, and having one I could fully rely on not to breakdown should help with the anxiety.  (Oh, I also have severe contamination OCD so being brand new would help with that as well...I've owned my current used car for 3 years and still can't touch various parts including the backseats or floors).  But I just can't find anything new that fits the criteria.  And can't do test drives because of my issues either (I did try a new Golf but was so ill beforehand the test didn't prove anything to me!).  I've bought 3 cars in the last 6 months that were all unsuitable.  First two were returned (used cars) but the 3rd was brand new on finance so I couldn't return that one...it's just been sat on the drive for the last couple of months.  I honestly have no idea what to go for now.   

    I trained as a mechanic, and can fix anything on cars (or could, until my physical issues stopped that in 2018), but I just can't cope with the actual event of a breakdown and being stuck away from home.  

    Anyway, enough about me!  :D

    Have you got a delivery date for your car yet?  Did you choose any optional extras?
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    im sorry to hear about the issues which sound really distressing, it must be terrible to be worried about things when you are out and about 

    i was scared of roundabouts at one point but my main anxiety was the fact that the car was so unreliable and could break down at any minute

    was so scary when the car just stopped working in the middle of the busy motorway

    i think ive got about a month before i go and pick it up in a taxi from the showroom i think i will be quite nervous just really hoping dont have the issues  with the brakes i had with the automatics

    i used to have an old polo and it drove beautifully and alll other cars ive had have been fine but theyve not been new

    ive not asked for extras but decided on kings metallic red for the colour which was free for me to choose

    my mum likes the upgraded alloy wheels but everything is standard 

    its costing my entire benefits allowance each month but if i can drive it well it should change my life
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,098 Disability Gamechanger
    66Mustang said:
    Congrats on the new car I bet you are really excited :) I think you made a good choice.

    The one thing I am worried about with my 6 gear car is that 6th is where reverse is in most 5 gear cars. So what happens if I then go back to a 5 gear car, subconsciously try to put it in 6th, and end up putting it in reverse :s
    You can't do it - there's a physical 'block' on reverse when you're travelling forwards at speed...  I wouldn't suggest trying it out though.  :D  
    That's reassuring to know! :)
  • Luna51Luna51 Member Posts: 78 Courageous
    Hello.
    Our first motability car was a black golf, it had the best sound system and I absolutely loved driving it!

    I was also terrified to drive a new car but 20 minutes in I thought "This is actually MARVELLOUS" it's wonderful to have the freedom and peace of mind a motability car brings, the customer service is second to none and following two small bumps (my own own fault and no one else was involved) they were brilliant and very understanding as I was pretty upset.

    You are right to be excited!
    Enjoy it.. 😁
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    did you notice the brakes were really hard to get used to
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,098 Disability Gamechanger
    edited June 16
    I agree with @Luna51 that the scheme is really brilliant and that they really do look after you at the dealerships and are very understanding.

    They sort out everything for you like tyres, brakes, servicing etc. for no extra charge, just the £280/month out of your benefits.

    Out of curiosity I looked up how much it would cost to lease my car, also ran the car through an insurance comparison site, found out how much it would cost for a service plan and added in the cost of the new tyres...if I was a private buyer all of this would have come to over £500 a month so it is fantastic value for money.

    The only downside I can think of, and it's a relatively minor one, is that if it's your only car and you don't have any insurance policy on another car, you will not accrue insurance no claims bonus, and after 2 years you will lose any insurance no claims bonus you do have, so insurance will be more expensive if you ever come off the scheme.
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,443 Disability Gamechanger

    its costing my entire benefits allowance each month but if i can drive it well it should change my life
    Absolutely!  Even with all of my limitations, I couldn't imagine being without a car which is why I'm trying to keep driving as long as possible.  Just silly things like driving a mile to a local pond break up the day and can stop an awful morning taking over the afternoon and evening as well. 

    I'm sure you'll get used to the brakes and clutch and everything quickly.  The brakes will feel a bit sharp when they're brand new as they need bedding in, so don't let that put you off when you first pick it up.  :)
  • Luna51Luna51 Member Posts: 78 Courageous
    I really like the idea of costing everything together @66Mustang 👍 😁

    The car is actually for my daughter who has complex needs, when it's time to renew we visit lots of garages, she then chooses the vehicle and I drive her around in it! 

    Don't worry about the brakes too much, just take your time on the first drive, I went to the local trading estate with my first new car and just drove there for half an hour.. 
    You'll be absolutely fine 😊
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    im so excited ! will change my quality of life
    not been out since before xmmas except to go in an ambulance and taxi#
    esp now ive just found out my holidays been cancelled 
  • Luna51Luna51 Member Posts: 78 Courageous
    Let us know how you get on when it arrives.. 😊
  • Geegeenumber1Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 307 Courageous
    will do thanks for your advice
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