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What To Expect For Your Driving Lessons In Singapore?

If you take driving lessons Singapore, you may want to note some of the following points simply because you don’t want to be caught unaware when you go for your lessons with either your school or private driving instructor.

1) Your instructor will teach you the various mechanisms in the car such as the signal, honk, turning on of wipers, e.t.c.

2) He will then usually teach you the steering of the wheel (this is straightforward)

3) Let you familiarize with the amount of pressure you need to apply on the accelerator pedal and brake pedal.

4) Once you are familiar with all that, you will learn much more interesting things such as U-turn, turning, three point turn, parking e.t.c.

5) After that, he will concentrate on having you drive around the usual test routes (this is the case for those students in Singapore who are learning from private driving instructors). For school students, you will be taught mainly in the circuit, where only the last few lessons before your examinations will you be given real road experience.

6) Vice versa, the private students will usually get fewer driving school circuit lessons and usually that comes in nearing the last part of the curriculum. If you are familiar with driving on outside roads however, you should do perfectly in the circuit. The only main thing you need to note is the clutch (for manual students) – because speeds are much lower within the circuits due to high traffic volume of learner cars. Auto transmission car learners with private driving instructors should find it super easy to pass.

So that’s all, then you will be going for the driving test which your instructor should have applied on your behalf (if you learn from private driving instructors) or you have applied (if you are a school learner).

Good luck for your test and may you quickly get your Singapore driving licence on your first try!

Where To Learn Driving In Singapore?

Now that you want to drive exotic cars, you need to first get your driving license – then you need to first find a great private driving instructor so that you can quickly pass your practical exam on the first try.

There are 2 types of instructors – one from schools located at Ubi, Bukit Batok and Woodlands. These are school teachers and they may be rotated around actually so you get a different instructor each time although you get very structured lessons.

The second type of instructor is the private driving instructor. Here’s why this is generally more popular among students who are looking for a customized learning experience. Because you get to stick with only one instructor and he/she will be able to know you learning curve.

One of the best places to pass your exams is at Bukit Batok simply because the traffic there is very little and thus looking for a private driving instructor at Bukit Batok is  the best idea if you want to quickly get your driver’s license and drive your Lamborghini or Ferrari.

Learning To Drive

Just passed your basic theory test and can’t wait to get on the roads to take your driving lessons Singapore?

Hold on! Make sure to read the following post before you get onto the streets.

1) Although you may love exotic cars, and may have watched many racing videos, please do not race like they do. You are learning to drive. There is a difference between racing games and reality. If you crash, you die in real life. Drive safely.

2) Perhaps you have the cash for an exotic car, but when you’re learning to drive, you’re using the instructor’s car. It is a normal sedan. Please do not try to rev it or do something weird because you may spoil it.

Next of all, let’s move on to the basic steps you need to take when learning to drive in Singapore.

a) You need to apply for a Singapore provisional driving license which is basically a temporary license that lasts for 6 months and will allow you to take driving lessons and navigate around the roads of Singapore in a certified private driving instructor’s car.

b) You need to apply for the driving test and pass within 6 months of applying for your Singapore PDL or you would need to extend the PDL by paying $25 (it’s not a lot but why waste that money if not necessary). This is also the reason why some people recommend going for the final theory test as well first before taking practical driving lessons in Singapore (because you need to have passed your final theory test before applying for your practical test). If you pass on the first try it’s ok. But if you’re worried you will not pass, then either study harder for the theory test or pass it first before going for your Singapore driving lessons.

Elements Of Driving Test

If you are looking to take your Singapore driving test then perhaps you need to know what are the elements making up the test and what you can safely expect during your practical driving exam.

1) Parallel parking – you will be assessed on this parking, where you are given less than a total of 2 to 3 minutes to park your car within the dedicated lot for your test. If you fail to do so within the limit or you hit any of the kerbs during the parking maneuver, you will not pass the driving test. This is one of the places where most people think is very hard, but is very easy (oddly, it sounds like it would be the most difficult place but most people pass this place)

2) Vertical parking – similar to parallel parking, however, there are students who fail here. This is especially the case for students when they exit from the lot. The kerb in front is relatively near and many students accidentally mount the kerb when exiting. This seemingly simple test circuit element is usually a killer (surprisingly).

3) 3 Point turn – this is one of the easiest driving circuit stations to pass as it is highly similar to vertical parking lot area (at least this is the case for Ubi CDC’s driving circuit)

4) E-brake (otherwise known as emergency braking) – the Singapore driving tester will randomly hit the dashboard with his hand and you are required to brake instantly. This is to simulate a real scenario in which you’re required to brake immediately, and if you react too slowly, you would not pass your driving test. You need to brake FAST and HARD. Basically, you should come to an immediate stop. Just imagine there is a child running onto the road RIGHT in front of your car when he smashes the car dashboard so that you will feel the urgency to emergency brake the car. Also, this driving tst element will be tested at any point in time within the driving circuit only.

5) Curvy roads – this is to test your turning and judgement of the road and kerbs. Usually simple to pass, but you need to be careful and not be arrogant when driving about this test element.

6) Driving on main roads. – this is usually the easiest part for students who learnt from private driving instructors as these private students usually drive much more frequently on open roads versus within the school circuits.

Transportation in Singapore

Transportation in Singapore is very developed – high speed trains, buses, cabs, and private tranportation (cars). Despite the high quality and convenience of the public transports, it is getting too crowded as Singapore’s population keeps growing. Thus, many people in Singapore wants to own a car, so as to travel around easily. As cars in Singapore are limited by the government through the introduction of the Certificate of Entitlements (COE) scheme, it is expensive to own a car in Singapore. This is reasonable as not everyone should get a car because if that happens, Singapore’s roads will get too congested and no vhicles will be able to move freely.

However, if you can afford a car, which typically cost about 3 times more expensive than a similar car in the United States, then it’s an entirely different issue altogether. Then you should definitely go for the Singapore driving license. 😉 Pay for the value of convenience. Another additional benefit of Singapore’s driving test is that the license you get here is an international one, and will allow you to drive in virtually any major country and city (e.g. Europe, Australia, China, United States). Even for left hand drive countries, all you have to do is to present your identification proof (I/C or passport for foreigners is good to go!) with your Singapore’s driving licence and it will be converted immediately to a local one and you can drive.

Advantages of getting a private driving instructor in Singapore

Many Singaporeans will think and consider between engaging a private driving instructor or a school driving instructor. I will go for a private driving instructor singapore. Here’s why:

1. 1 car throughout the training. Training in a car throughout the entire training will let you be familiar with the car. Every car model is different. The sensitivity of the accelerators, brakes, and the steerling wheels are different. It is better to get used to a car and use the same car for your Traffic Police test to get higher chance of passing your Traffic Police test.

2. Cheaper. With private driving instructors’ rates half the price of the school driving instructors’ rates, what’s there about to think more?

3. Same instructor throughout the training. Every instructors teach differently and may even expect different things from you. When you engage a private driving instructor, he will be the only one who teach you, unlike in school driving centers where they allocate different instructors to you on different training lessons.

With so many advantages to getting a private driving instructor, what are the disadvantages (if any)? There are some:

a) Your earliest booked exam timeslots will usually be slower than school students as priority is given to them.

b) How fast you pass your driving examination is dependent on how good your private driving instructor is. This is because each private instructor has their own way of teaching and some are better while others are less competent – but for school instructors, they are more or less similar.

So what’s my final verdict on the type of Singapore driving instructor you should take lessons from?

– If you have a friend who have passed his or her test in one attempt, then ask him or her for the private driving instructor. Or you could simply look online for match up agencies in  Singapore who will get you private driving lessons.

I still prefer private driving tutors in Singapore like I mentioned above.

Parking In Living Room

Can’t bear the thought of not seeing your Lamborghini or Ferrari?

No problem. Now you can see them daily :p in your living room.

Look at the amazing apartment building in the video below… the apartments are located in Singapore central area. It is so cool that you can simply drive your car into a lift and have it transported up to your house area! Whether that is useful is up for debate but no one is questioning the coolness of having such a lifestyle perk 😉

Just make sure you are able to park it properly in the lift… Otherwise you better take more driving lessons or you would probably risk wasting a LOT of time getting it into the lift properly. You want to learn driving properly so that you don’t scratch your precious sports car – especially when cars are not cheap in Singapore. Hurray and enjoy the following video.

*Ps always make sure to drive safely. Take driving lessons from

Driving F1 POV

Enough said. (: If you liked it, then make sure to share this page with your friends!

Also, do make sure to learn driving in Singapore first before going for your F1 racing dreams 😛

You can learn it at either Ubi, Bukit Batok or Woodlands… Just make sure to find a good private driving instructor in Singapore to pass your test on the first try and save some good money!

Tips on finding your ideal private driving instructor in Singapore –>>

1) Ask friends who have passed their driving test on the first try to refer you their instructors – usually this is the best form of referral as it has been tested and proven effective by other students.

2) Look for online matching agencies – there are such companies who will help match you up with your ideal instructor according to your location and transmission preferences and arrange dates for you – see them as matchmakers but for driving lessons in Singapore

3) Go to the areas where these private instructors usually wait for their students (i.e. wait outside the CDC entrance next to the coffeeshop next door.) Take note though, that this may not be the best way to do so, as a free instructor usually means that his teaching is not as good and thus does not have many students and hence is free to sit around and do nothing. I have heard of people who have gotten a bad driving instructor by using this method so use this at your own discretion.

To conclude, I would recommend you go for either solution number 1 or 2 when looking for an instructor to give you driving lessons. After you finally get your Singapore driving license, then ready to rock and roll on the F1 track (perhaps not with the F1 fast cars but sports cars such as Lamborghini is possible on race tracks :D)

Getting a driving license in Singapore

Getting a driving license in Singapore is tedious. You will have to take and pass 2 theory tests and a practical test. What’s more, the booking for each of the tests will require a wait of approximately 2 months each. That totals to about 6 months, provided that you pass all the tests on your first tries. Make sure you get a good private driving instructor from

But all these long and somewhat tedious processes and steps have a great advantage when you finally own a driving license Singapore.

A driving license Singapore is recognized worldwide. You can easily apply for an international license before you depart on an overseas trip and that international license will allow you to rent and drive any cars in other countries. You can also convert instantly into another country’s license, which makes driving a pleasure as you do not need to go through many hassles.

This is also the reason why many expatriates to Singapore send their children to learn driving in Singapore too as their licenses can be easily converted when they return home.

There are basically 2 ways in which you can take practical driving lessons in SIngapore. The first of which would be learning from private driving instructors, which are freelance and certified driving instructors who will teach you using their own car. The second type of instructor in Singapore will be the school instructors – there are 3 driving test schools in Singapore – Ubi CDC, Woodlands SSDC, Bukit Batok BBDC.

Schools are more expensive but you usually get to take your driving exam earlier. Private tutors are much more reasonably priced but you need to wait for a longer time for your test date as priority is given to school students.

Get your driving license now to drive both locally and internationally.

School or private driving instructors

In Singapore, learner drivers can choose between engaging a school driving instructor or a private driving instructor. A school driving instructor will come from any of the 3 schools namely Ubi ComfortDelgro Driving Centre, Safety Singapore Driving Centre, and Bukit Batok Driving Centre. A private driving instructor, on the other hand is not attached to any schools and is on a freelance basis. They can be engaged independently outside of schools.

Private driving instructors are limited in Singapore – their supply is limited as Singapore Traffic Police does not issue private driving coaching license since many years ago. The school driving instructors will remain in the long run.

The following are some of the main differences between school and private driving instructors.


  1. They are rigid in their teaching curriculum as they do not customize their teachings to their students learning speed.
  2. They allow you to book for earlier exam dates than private driving students.
  3. You are given priority for circuit bookings and practice sessions.


  • You get more driving experience on the real roads.
  • Your learning will be customized as your private instructor will dedicate the teaching curriculum to your learning speed accordingly.

In a nutshell, both school and private driving instructors are good in their own rights, and have their own disadvantages as well. Personally, I would recommend you go for the private route because it is much more affordable and it is also easy to pass when you get a good instructor. (just ask people for referrals or look online for driving lessons and a matching agency will get you matched up!)