My previous post talked about what to note during your driving test. Here are things you should note during your driving lessons – yes there are things to note during your normal private driving lessons in Singapore as well. Some things are specific to private driving instructors, while others are specific to Singapore.
- Always make sure that your instructor is specific in instructions. Although most seasoned and experienced drivers do not take much mental effort to drive, it’s very difficult for a beginner driver to judge when first driving on the roads. It’s difficult to ‘estimate’. Hence, it’s important to find a private driving instructor who gives specific instructions (e.g. turn three times on the steering wheel, and then back to the left once e.t.c. for parking) so that you can easily execute these driving maneuvers even if you’re nervous during your Singapore driving test.
- Your private driving instructor will always start with a lesson outside of the circuit first. It directly opposite that of school learners and lessons where you start from within the circuit first. Do not worry about this, I have personally learnt from private driving instructors and started with outside road lessons, and I did just fine and passed on first try, thanks to my good Ubi private driving instructor from http://sglearntodrive.com.)
- You will be using the exact same car for your driving test. This is a good point of learning private versus school driving for your test. This is because every car is slightly different. For manual test takers, it’s important that you get used to a particular car’s clutch system so that you will not cause the car to stall unnecessarily. This is easy when you use the same car for your driving test as you do during your private driving lessons. However, unfortunately, it’s not the case when you learn from the public school.
Here are some practical tips to help you pass your driving test in Singapore with flying colours and get your Singapore driving licence on the first try of the driving test!
Step 1: Always look for a good local private driving instructor in Singapore. It’s so important to look for a good instructor, because no matter how much you learn about driving online, putting the tips into practice is what really matters and is what will help you get used to the actual mechanics of driving.
Step 2: Understand and accept the truth that the reason 99% of students fail is not really because of the technique, but because they make small mistakes like not checking blind spots (one too many will net you a fail), and nervousness. There are people who fail because they hit the curb while driving or turning around the corner, but the percentage of those cases are low. Most people simply fail because they make minor errors way too often. Remember that checking your blind spot doesn’t count to the tester if he or she cannot see you checking. Make sure to always physically move your head around and not just your eyes when checking the blind spots. Make sure he sees your head turning around to check every possible blind spot.
Step 3: When the traffic light turns green, please go! There are some students who try to look safe by moving off slowly… (although this is a small percentage of students) You will get penalty points for slow moving off.
Step 4: The old adage – practice like you’re in the competition, and compete like you’re in practice. This is important. Treat every training and private driving lesson as though it’s the real thing. This is important because you acclimatize yourself to the ‘stress’ you would feel during the actual exam.
Step 5: Finally, be confident. I know you may make mistakes, but still appear confident. The tester can ‘erase’ your minor mistakes if you’re confident. The last thing a tester wants to see is a scared driver. A scared driver does worse things on the road and causes more accidents than a confident one. Appear confident, and achieve this by practising during your private driving lessons as though you’re in the real test – all the time!!!