Things you will learn from your Singapore driving instructor

Do you like to attend lessons but not sure what you will be learning from all those lessons? Do you always want to know the curriculum of your lessons before you actually go for the lessons? It’s normal. People want to know what they will be learning and how they will be different after the end of the lessons.

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When I was a learner driver, I tried to find out the curriculum of the driving lessons in Singapore before my first lesson. However, there are very few sources online containing these information. I had to go to my first lesson with the private driving instructor and spent about 15 minutes to half an hour asking about the course curriculum. I feel that knowing these information beforehand will better prepare myself mentally for the lessons. Moreover, I could go online to search for the relevant information before the lessons to mentally go through the lesson first. For instance, before my actual lesson on parking, I could watch videos on car parking on the Youtube to get a general sense of how it’s done. It’s better than attending the lesson with zero idea of how car parking is done. It will help to quicken the learning.

For the current learner drivers out there, you are fortunate – I’m going to give you a run-through of the things you will be learning from your local driving instructor in Singapore.

In the first lesson, learner drivers will start off learning about the gears and buttons inside the car. The instructor will teach the student about every buttons the car have and their associated features. It will basically be a “get-to-know-your-car” session. If there are extra time to spare, you will also be practicing your driving on the road. The driving instructors will teach you the appropriate pressures to apply to the accelerator and the brake pedals. For first-timers, it is common to apply great pressure on the accelerator pedal which will cause the vehicle to move off fast and sudden. Please take note of this.

After you conquer the basic of controlling your accelerator and brake pedals, you will be taught to make left and right turns effectively. In addition, you will also be taught to navigate around the bends safely. Remember not to speed up when navigating around the bends.

After which, you will be learning to make U-turns and then the parking techniques. Parking techniques will include techniques to nail vertical parking and parallel parking. These are basically all the things you will need to know about driving.

Who To Learn Driving From In Singapore?

Learning to drive is something everyone that turns 18 look forward to. It’s something that you actually look forward to – driving. For years, you were not allowed to learn to drive, and finally, you’re able to learn! Who should you learn from then? There are 2 main ways in which you can learn driving in Singapore.

First of all, you can learn driving from private driving instructors in Singapore. Private driving instructors are usually experienced and old uncles in Singapore who have been teaching for a living for many years in Singapore. This is because Singapore stopped issuing private instructor licences many years ago and hence all the remaining ones are old. However, I have taken my lessons from a private driving instructor and he was super experienced and could basically pinpoint everything the tester is going to check for and teach me everything that I need to pass on the first test (which I did). However, the only sad thing was that I realized many of my friends and some cousins were not as lucky, and got bad instructors. I got mine through, a private driving instructor agency so it was easy to get the right instructor for myself. They also do not have any fees for their customers (e.g. me) and instead charge instructors only for a referral. Essentially, I got assurance, and a better quality instructor through than I could ever find outside, for free!

Another way you can learn driving in Singapore is through schools. There are namely three schools in Singapore to learn driving – Bukit Batok Driving Centre, Ubi ComfortDelgro Driving Centre and Woodlands Singapore Safety Driving Centre. Most students who learn from private driving instructors also take lessons around the vicinity of these schools, so chances are, you would see the school even if you took only private lessons (as circuits are also held in the school). The bad thing now is that, because so many students are encouraged to learn from schools, that the timings are all filled up AND it’s about at least 50% more expensive to learn from the schools at a BARE MINIMUM. That’s one of the reasons why many people choose not to learn from schools anymore. The advantage in the past for schools was quicker lessons and test dates, but it’s no longer true. Therefore, it’s a waste to pay that premium for the service when it’s the same as whatever you get from private driving instructors.