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!
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.
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)