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.
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.