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.
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.
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.
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 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 http://sglearntodrive.com/
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.
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