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Frequently Asked Questions For Singapore Driving Instructors

Posted on July 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

I am sure as learner drivers, they will have a lot of burning questions to ask their Singapore private driving instructor. It is normal to be curious and get excited to try to know everything about driving and the process of the driving lessons. This excitement is probably fueled by the excitement of getting the Singapore driving license.

I have seen some of the questions learner drivers asked through online forums or during real-time discussions. Thus, I compiled a Q & A for them. Below are some of the frequently asked questions for the Singapore driving instructors.

1. How long do I have to wait before I can get my driving license?
Answer: If you already passed your Final Theory Test, you could expect to get your driving license in about 2 months from your first driving lesson. Attend 2 to 3 lessons a week, and by the end of 2 months, you will have completed 16 to 24 driving lessons which are the average number of lessons learner drivers take before they attempt their driving test.

2. How long is one driving lesson?
One driving lesson with the private driving instructors is usually 1 and a half hours. However, some instructors don’t mind teaching the learner drivers for an hour or 2 hours on the learner driver’s request.

3. How should I dress for the driving lesson?
Learner drivers should dress comfortably for the driving lesson to enable them to perform at their best. One thing to take note though, is that learner drivers should avoid wearing slippers but instead, wear proper shoes to the driving lessons. Shoes will provide a better grip and handling for the pedals.

4. How often should I look into the rear mirror?
Drivers should look into their rear mirrors frequently. Checking them once every 5 to 10 seconds is a good habit. Not checking the rear mirrors frequently can cost the learner drivers demerit points during the driving test.

Engaging driving match up agencies in Singapore

Posted on July 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

There are lots of ways to find your own private driving instructor. Match up agencies are one such channel leading you to the private driving instructors. But first, the big issue is, “How do you get to the match up agencies?”

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These driving match up agencies do not advertise their services using traditional marketing methods. This means that you will not see any banners or flyers displaying their match up services. They do not hold offices as well. As such, you will not be able to get to their offices and speak to them face to face.

The main advertising channel these match up agencies are using is the internet. I first encountered them when I was searching for the private driving instructors on Google. The websites of these match up agencies appear and I went to click on them. That’s how I came to know about their existence. Some of the most popular driving match up agencies are Sglearntodrive (sglearntodrive.com) and LeDriving. Both earns a stellar reputation of matching learner drivers to good private driving instructors.

If you want these agencies to match a private driving instructor to you, simply fill in a form on their websites. A representative from these agencies will contact you via mobile (either a call or a short message). You should expect a response within a day. Through mobile, you can ask them all you want to know about the private driving instructor too. For instance, you may want to know more about the driving instructor’s age, race, teaching style, and lesson fees. It is important to note that different private driving instructors charge different lesson fees – some higher than others. Only school lesson fees are standardized. Hence, do not be surprised when you receive different quotations from different private driving instructors. Go and try these match up agencies now!

Qualities of a good Singapore private driving instructor

Posted on July 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

There are good people and bad people in this world. Similarly, there are also good private driving instructors and bad private driving instructors. You are lucky if you meet a good private driving instructor right from the beginning. But for some others, they are not so lucky. Learn to identify the traits of a good Singapore private driving instructor.

Learner drivers should draw a line and break ties with the driving instructor if he is not contributing to the learner driver’s progress but instead merely wasting the learner’s time. Engaging a good private driving instructor ensures half the battle won. It is safe to say that the chances of passing the practical test is higher for the learner driver when he has a good private driving instructor to teach him.

So here are some qualities of a good Singapore private driving learner drivers should take note of. If your private driving instructor is missing these traits, you should consider changing to another driving instructor.

It is not that difficult to ask the driving instructor to be friendly during the driving lessons right? Apparently, it is quite difficult. About 20% to 30% of the learner drivers surveyed feedback that their driving instructors were impatient and not at all friendly during the lessons. This will affect the mood and mental state of the learner drivers during the lesson. Eventually, the learner driver’s performance on the road will be affected, and the instructor may show his displeasure again. It’s a vicious cycle.

The main job of the driving instructor is to teach learner drivers, and transfer them driving knowledge as fast as possible. They should also be identifying your mistakes and point them out to you during the lessons. After each lessons, you must feel that you have learnt something important out of the lessons. Otherwise, there are not much point going to the lessons.

The driving instructor should also be structured in the sense that he have a structured and systemic plan for you. He will progressively teach you more advanced driving knowledge.

If you want to get good private driving instructors, you can contact them here.

Finding a good private driving instructor in Singapore

Posted on July 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

After you understand the differences between private driving instructors and school driving instructors, you may want to seek the services of a private driving instructor in Singapore. Indeed, private driving instructors in Singapore are hotly demanded. So many learner drivers are booking lessons with private driving instructors that one has to make advance bookings of one to two weeks in advance.

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The first step towards learning from the private driving instructors is to find them. And it could be tough to do so. How does one finds a private driving instructor in Singapore?

1. Match Up Agencies
There are a few match up agencies set up just for this purpose – matching up private driving instructors to enthusiastic learner drivers. Most of them do not charge a service fee for their match up service. Hence, learner drivers got literally nothing to lose when approaching these match up agencies. It will save the learner drivers a lot of time and effort trying to find the driving instructors themselves. One such match up agencies in Singapore is Sglearntodrive (sglearntodrive.com/). Sglearntodrive is able to match learner drivers with a suitable private driving instructor within just half a day. Sglearntodrive will make sure that the learner drivers’ criteria are fully considered before allocating them suitable private driving instructors. For instance, some of these criteria are the language used in the driving lesson, and the availability of the learner driver to take lessons in the week.

2. Family and friends
Some of the learner drivers may have family and friends who engaged private driving instructors in the past. They could help to connect their old private driving instructor to the learner driver. Usually, recommendations of family and friends are good and will not go wrong.

3. Explore the sites where private driving instructors are at
If learner drivers do their research, they will be able to find out where are the common locations private driving instructors pick up and drop off the learner drivers. They could head down to these locations and approach the driving instructors face to face to ask if they could take them in. No doubt, this will be the most tiring and time-exhausting choice.

Private driving instructors versus school driving instructors

Posted on July 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

There are two options for learner drivers when it comes to taking driving lessons in Singapore – whether to learn from private driving instructors or school driving instructors.

Both types of driving instructors have their own merits and I shall discuss them in detail in this post.

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Everyone wants to find a good instructor to learn driving from. Different instructors will suit different learner drivers. Likewise, the teaching styles of private driving instructors and school driving instructors are different. It is up to the preferences of the learner drivers.

Firstly, private driving instructors start their first lesson right on the public roads. Learner drivers can learn to drive on the public roads on the first lesson. Basic driving techniques such as accelerating, braking, and turning left at junction will be taught. On the other hand, school driving instructors start their first lesson on the school circuit. As the school circuit is a controlled environment, school learner drivers will not feel as intimated as private learner drivers on the first lesson. Moreover, school learner drivers probably only learn how to accelerate and brake during the first lesson.

Secondly, as you may have probably guessed from the things learner drivers learn on the first lesson, private driving instructors teach at a faster pace than school driving instructors. School driving instructors have a fixed and long curriculum to adhere to. On the flip side, private driving instructors are more flexible and able to adjust the pace of driving lessons depending on the learners’ learning speed.

Thirdly, private driving instructors charge a lower rate than school driving instructors. If learner drivers pass on their first attempt, the learner drivers that learn from private driving instructors will on average, be paying at least 20% to 30% lower than learner drivers that learn from school driving instructors.

The above three factors are the main things learner drivers should look out for – pace of learning, lesson structure and curriculum, and lesson costs.

Passing the Singapore driving tests

Posted on July 3, 2016 in Uncategorized

Passing the Singapore driving tests can be a breeze if you are prepared for them. Part of the procedures to getting your Singapore driving license involves passing these driving tests – both theory tests and practical tests.

There are 3 tests all learner drivers must pass in order to be awarded the driving license. The 3 tests are Basic Theory Test, Final Theory Test, and Practical Test, in sequential order. As the waiting time to each test upon booking is approximately 2 months, the shortest time learner drivers can expect to get their driving license will be within 6 months from their registration date as a learner driver.

Passing the theory tests are easy. For me, I just relied on 2 books – Basic Theory Test book and a Final Theory Test book, both issued by the Traffic Police in Singapore. Learner drivers just have to read and understand all the traffic rules and information contained inside these books before taking the theory tests. If learners truly understand everything stated inside the book, they will have no problem passing the theory tests. If learners need extra help, there are online supplementary materials on driving theories. In addition, the driving centres even offer learners mock theory tests to prepare for the actual theory test.

What’s more challenging is the practical test.

The first step towards passing your practical test is to look for a good driving instructor. There are both private driving instructors and school driving instructors, and each have their pros and cons. I shall touch more about this topic on a later post. If you want to look for private driving instructors, I will recommend approaching driving match up agencies such as Sglearntodrive – http://sglearntodrive.com. If you are looking for school driving instructors, simply sign up for practical lessons at one of the 3 driving centres.

You should take enough lessons before you book your practical test. Be comfortable and confident driving on the roads. Make sure all your driving techniques are correct. In essence, practice make perfect. Go for adequate lessons before attempting your practical test.

Procedures to getting your Singapore driving license

Posted on July 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

Before one is legally allowed to drive a motor vehicle in Singapore, he needs to possess a valid Singapore driving license. There are severe penalties for driving without driving license.

The minimum age to getting a driving license in Singapore is 18 years old. The driving license is valid for life once issued, but may be revoked if the license holder did not adhere to the traffic rules and accumulate too many demerit points. In fact, if the license holder accumulates 12 or more points, his license will be revoked. Demerit points will be refreshed every year. If the driving license is revoked, the affected person will have to retake all the theory and practical tests again to get the driving license.

Step 1 to getting the Singapore driving license is to register for a learner driver account in one of the 3 driving centres in Singapore – Bukit Batok Driving Centre, Ubi ComfortDelgro Driving Centre, Singapore Safety Driving Centre.

Step 2 is to register for the Basic Theory Test. Once the person pass the Basic Theory Test, he can then apply for his Provisional Driving License which will allow him to take practical driving lessons from driving instructors in Singapore. Take note that the Basic Theory test result is valid for life, unless your license got revoked later on. At the same time, he can register for his Final Theory Test.

Upon passing the Final Theory Test, we move to step 3. Take note that Final Theory Test result is valid for 2 years. This means that if one does not pass his practical test within 2 years after passing his Final Theory Test, he will have to retake the Final Theory Test.

Step 3 is to register for the practical test conducted by the Traffic Police in Singapore. It is the last test to pass before one is awarded the driving license. Depending on the students’ capabilities as well as the quality of the driving instructors, the number of driving lessons may vary. In general, Singaporeans take about 20 driving lessons before they attempt their first practical test.

Remember these 3 easy steps as illustrated above, and good luck for your driving tests!