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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.

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.