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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.

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.

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!