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Steps To Getting Your Singapore Driver’s License

So you are an expatriate and are looking to drive in Singapore, or perhaps you just turned 18 and can’t wait to learn driving.

Here are the steps you need to take to get your driving license in Singapore.

1) Apply for a Basic Theory Test at any of the Traffic Police departments at any of the three schools in Singapore. Ubi, Bukit Batok and Woodlands.

2) Pass the Basic Theory Test and bring the receipt to apply for your Provisional Driving License

3) Take driving lessons

4) Apply for your Final Theory Test

5) Pass your Final Theory Test

6) Apply for your practical test

7) Now you have the choice to either learn from schools such as CDC, BBDC and SSDC or from a private driving instructor.

8) Pass your practical test

It is pretty straightforward – the only main issue with taking your driving test in Singapore and getting that coveted international license which can be converted and used in virtually every other country in the world is that the time in between each test (2 theory and one practical) usually takes pretty long and there is nothing you can do about it. You are forced to wait a few months (sometimes) for your examinations and in between those times, especially for your theory driving tests, you can only study and do nothing else.

When waiting for your practical exam, you can practise and take more driving lessons with your private driving instructor and they’ll be more than glad to teach you. However, just take note that generally most auto students take around 15 to 20 lessons while manual students take 22 to 25 driving lessons before going for their first driving test in Singapore (each lesson is 1.5 hours). So judge accordingly and do not get conned into taking ‘too many unnecessary lessons’ by potentially unethical instructors.

Most private driving instructors in Singapore are alright though, as their skills are all certified and qualified by the Traffic police itself.

How To Get Your Driver’s License ASAP

If your goal is to get your Singapore driver’s license as soon as possible, then you need to be aware of the main mistakes that many people make during the actual driving test. This is because you usually need to wait pretty long before being able to take your exam, thus making each driving test very important.

Sometimes, not every driving instructor will teach you the following tips for passing your test but here they are so that you stand the highest chance of getting your license on the first try.

1) Do not drive off from stationary position without first checking your rear view mirror. This is a mistake that is frowned upon, and although it should only constitute 2 demerit points, do it often enough, you will fail.

2) Always have your feet on the feet brake pedals at all times if you are at a Traffic Junction or are at stationary position.

3) Always turn your head every obviously so that the driving test assessor can actually see you checking your blind spots.

4) Another main thing is to always appear confident. There are testers who simply keep tapping on their iPad but they’re actually ticking your checklist of completed activities, and not your mistakes – some people panic and as a result perform badly for the rest of their driving test – don’t let that happen to you.

Always be confident, and do the test confidently – you have practised so many times – JUST DO IT YOU CAN DO IT. pass the driving test and finally get your driving license and drive on the roads like a ‘real’ driver!

Roundabout Driving Tutorial

Roundabout Driving Tutorial

Roundabouts are not that common in Singapore, but there are definitely still roundabouts in Singapore, and you should learn how to navigate them just in case you run across one. I have seen many people panicking on the real roads (especially beginner drivers) around a roundabout because they suddenly see many real cars moving towards them or their lane at much higher speeds than a simulated driving circuit. This is why you need to learn properly from your driving instructor.

The following video seeks to share with you how to navigate a roundabout in Singapore.

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Many people in Singapore, get nervous when they go into a roundabout traffic junction such as the one at Novena – the one near the food center. They panic and then cause chaos. This is for people who already passed their driving test successfully and gotten their Singapore driving license but can still be like that. Hence, make sure to take your private driving lessons very seriously and learn how to go about a roundabout in the circuit and listen to your private driving instructor.

Driving – How To Change Lanes

Changing lanes is a seemingly easy task, and it is when there are no cars around you!

However, filtering lanes can seem like an extremely daunting and difficult task when you see a lot of cars all around you – which is especially the case during peak periods in Singapore (Ubi area). So for students taking driving lessons at Ubi area in Singapore, you may feel that it is difficult to filter lanes at Ubi. Remember, that if your driving tester asks you to filter to a particular lane or make a turning and you fail to do so as a result of not filtering lanes of time (possibly due to fear) you get an immediate failure for your driving test. This is why you should pay close attention to what I have to say on top of what your private driving instructor teaches you during the lesson.

But when you first begin to learn driving, you will find that you may miss out some blind spots when trying to change lanes, or that you turn your car too sharply.

All these can be negated with a good teacher.

But all these are perfectly fine… Until you are driving on a road with many cars / heavy traffic, then you start panicking!

Or worse still, you’re on the highway / expressway and there are many cars around you and they are all really fast moving!

How then do you change lanes on the roads?

The above video is a good instructional video which teaches you how to filter lanes and drive safely regardless of the road situation you are in right now.

Filtering lanes is one of the most basic driving skills you will ever need after you get your driving license and in a tiny country such as Singapore where you need to constantly change lanes and directions to get to where you want to go, filtering lanes is a must have skill.

It is really simple and if you got yourself a good private driving instructor he/she will be able to teach you well and learn this skill. The main important thing is to not swerve when you’re trying to filter lanes – that’s the most common mistakes made by students during driving lessons.