I played the first and couldn't even earn the license 😔 im truly terrible at this, only racing games I was good at was Ridge Racer, Rage Racer (drifting was ace) and Burnout Takedown which was more fun to crash than anythin haha Also play Wipeout but im not the best at that
Never even known about them settings apart from Manual haha, ive tried Manual I was even worse, think the fact I don't drige drive has a big thing about it, anyone who I know drives can play better than me!! I couldn't even earn the license on the first GT so couldn't even play (lol)
Its up to you. The game is really addictive online.
I used to be just like you, crashing into barriers, you'll learn much quicker if you turn the driving line off, play in manual and maybe turn traction control off, for me those 3 things have helped me tons in racing games!