I am a man with high standards and demand the same for the people around me. This includes my private driving instructors as well. I would be critical and take note of everything they taught in each lesson. I was constantly evaluating my private driving instructor – whether he is teaching me as fast as he can, or whether he just wants to drag the lessons so he can earn more money from me.
I think that most learner drivers in Singapore do not evaluate their Singapore private driving instructors. Most learner drivers are timid to question the private driving instructors. There is a common mindset that the teachers will always be right and the students cannot ask anything much. Otherwise, it will be seen as a rude gesture. This common mindset enables some of the private driving instructors to take advantage of the leaner drivers over time. As long as you feel that there is something weird going on about the instructor, you should consider changing your instructor.
It is easy to change your private driving instructors in Singapore. Simply find a private driving instructor agency and let them match you up with a private driving instructor. There are usually no service charges for their services. You can find one of them here – Sglearntodrive (https://plus.google.com/+Sglearntodriveofficial). Contact them via email or phone SMS, and they should get back to you within a day. Expect to be matched up with a new driving instructor within 3 days. However, during busy periods, this could take up to 1 to 2 weeks. One benefit of using these agencies is also because of the waiver of registration fees for subsequent driving instructors should you want to change instructor. If you approach the instructors yourself, you will be paying the registration fee each time you switch instructor.
Remember, do not short-change yourself. You deserve a good private 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.
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.
The route to getting your driving license in Singapore is filled with excitement. I believe that almost everyone will feel thrilled to start their driving experience in Singapore. After you tackled the question of “who to learn driving from in Singapore“, it’s time to tackle the next question – how to engage those instructors in Singapore? It’s pretty straight forward to engage the school driving instructors – simply head to the driving centres and enroll in their practical lessons.
However, things are not so easy to engage private driving instructors in Singapore. Private driving instructors in Singapore are much less accessible than school driving instructors. One reason is that these private driving instructors seldom carry out marketing for themselves. You don’t find advertisements about them on the newspapers, magazines or any other offline marketing platforms. The second reason is that there aren’t a central driving centre where these private driving instructors gather. These instructors work on a freelance basis. Most of the students need to contact them directly in order to book private driving lessons with them.
Here are some of the few ways on how you can attempt to engage the Singapore private driving instructors.
1. Match up Agencies
Match up agencies such as SGLEARNTODRIVE are dedicated to match up learner drivers to private driving instructors. While some match up agencies charge a fee for their service, Sglearntodrive does not. Learner drivers can save their time looking around for the instructors on their own. Simply sit back and relax and let the match up agencies do the work for them.
If you do not trust anyone outside your social circle, then you can only ask for referrals from your social circle. Ask your relatives and close friends for recommendations on good private driving instructors in Singapore. Usually, it won’t go wrong.
For Singapore learner drivers, you can choose whether to start taking your Singapore driving lessons after you pass your Basic Theory Test (BTT) or Final Theory Test (FTT). The main advantage of taking your practical test right after you pass your Basic Theory Test (BTT) is that it will help you prepare for your FTT. By practicing on the road, you will learn better and understand the concept of driving described in your FTT book faster. This is essentially learning by doing.
On the other hand, if you wait till you pass your FTT before you go for your private driving lessons, there are two main advantages. Firstly, there won’t be unnecessary lesson gaps for you before you take your practical test. If you had started taking driving lessons after you pass your BTT, you will at least be taking lessons for four months before your practical test. This is because you will have to wait 2 months for your FTT after passing BTT. After that, you have to wait another 2 months for your practical test after passing your FTT. Hence, your lessons will be spread across 4 months instead of 2 months if you start taking lessons after you pass BTT instead of FTT. I would think that it is better if the driving lessons are tighter, instead of being loosely spread out. People may forgot some techniques if they never drive for a long time. The second advantage is that people who generally take their driving lessons after they pass FTT will take fewer lessons overall as compared to people who start taking their driving lessons after they pass their BTT. This will result in lower lesson cost for these people.
The frequency to take your Singapore driving lessons will hugely depending on your driving experience and your ability. For instance, people who had learnt driving (during their national service in Army or during their overseas stay) will take much fewer lessons than people who had not. The average number of lessons learner drivers take is about 20 lessons.