How to disable Self Brake in Gran Turismo Sport

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Gran Turismo Sport has to be one of the games with the longest lifespan. The sheer amount of single-player content compared to most racing sims on PS4 is extremely impressive. GT Sport makes the wait for Gran Turismo 7 nowhere near as bad as it could be.

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Ensuring that you've got the correct driving settings in GT Sport is essential to getting the most out of the game. One of the assists that's used to help beginners is automatic brakes. How do you turn them off when you feel ready to drive without them, though? We're here to help with our step-by-step guide.

Disabling Automatic brakes

Self-braking or automatic brakes are one of the driving settings that you're required to set when you first start Gran Turismo Sport. If you want to change these settings later down the line, the best way to do so is to enter a race and go from there.

Start from the main menu and select, for example, a GT League race within Campaign.

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Once you've entered a race, instead of beginning it, go over to the driving options submenu. From there, scroll down to Auto-Drive.

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This will open a drop-down menu where you can select to have Automatic brakes, auto brakes and steering or none at all. If you want to disable the self-brakes, select "off". Then, after you exit the driving options, your settings will be saved and self-brakes will be disabled.

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Should I have self brakes on?

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You should only be using automatic brakes and/ or steering when you're first starting out in Gran Turismo. We all have different skill levels, but there are some things we should all be able to pick up quickly. Braking is one of them, not least because there's so much help available in GT Sport.

When you have automatic gears selected, the HUD will show a recommended gear going into each braking zone. This gear will flash when you're meant to start braking. ABS and Stability control are also available in GT Sport, both of which massively help stability under braking.

There's even more help in the form of the racing line assist. The racing line will be red in the sections where you're meant to brake and blue in the areas when you're best to get back on the throttle. This isn't the absolute fastest way to get round the circuits, but it is a great reference point.

Finally, auto-brakes limit how fast you can go and remove a lot of the fun and challenge from the GT experience. There's nothing quite like out-braking an opponent to overtake, whether they're AI or another player.

Furthermore, if it's overall lap time you're after, auto-braking hugely limits how fast you can go. Yes, you won't out-brake yourself and fly off the circuit, but you won't be able to carry anywhere near as much speed as you could otherwise.

Gran Turismo 7 trailer

GT7 is on the way! Despite the multiple delays to Polyphony's upcoming sim racer, we expect it to drop next year. Check out the latest trailer to get an idea of what to expect:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz-O74SmTSQ&t=38s