Making a U turn in a car is not difficult, however, as a beginner, the entire process tends to be a little jerky. This is mainly because many driving students in Singapore or otherwise let go of the clutch pedal too quickly. There are driving students who let go too slowly and cause the car to be jerky too in an indirect way. When they consistently let go too slowly, they take too long to even reach the biting point, at some point in time they get impatient and start to let go of it too quickly and that’s when all the jerking happens during driving a manual transmission car.
When first learning to make a proper U turn, it was easier than I thought turning – the hard part came when I had to turn back the steering wheels smoothly back to the original position.
This is because sometimes I either turned too slow and accelerated too much which resulted me into entering the ‘wrong’ lane or because I turned too fast and jerked the car. It is a healthy balance when you want to U-turn the car.
Another driving mistake some people make which has been noticed by many private driving instructors friends of mine in Singapore is that they simply move too far left into the left side lane before they even turn their steering wheel. Keep in mind, you should only keep slightly to the left of your rightmost lane before performing a u turn maneuver. Don’t go crazy when driving and enter into someone else’s lane and cause potential driving hazards.
There are a lot of but there are only a few who are really experienced and good quality. It is important that you find a good driving instructor to teach you how to drive in Singapore!
Turning right may sound like a really simple task – I felt that as well when I first learnt and took my driving lessons.
However, it was slightly less easy than I thought. The following coaching video can help you better understand how to execute this driving maneuver to perfection.
One of the reasons why some people and driving students panic such as me the first time I had to do a right turn in a right hand drive country was that there were many incoming cars from the opposite direction and it does not make sense to wait for the traffic junction’s green arrow to pop up all of the times. On top of that, I misjudged the curb of the road I was entering into sometimes, and that resulted in me mounting the kerb which is a big driving no-no.
Turning right in a country such as Singapore is definitely harder than turning left, because you’re driving your car past incoming traffic, as well as pedestrians crossing the street – this results in many blind spots.
So, you need to take much more care when making a junction right turn in Singapore and look out before driving so that you can stay safe and keep the roads in Singapore safe as well.
If in doubt, drive slightly slower and you will stay safer generally speaking.
Many accidents happen at roundabouts. Why? Simply because it’s not common and most people don’t know how to drive around them. Even people who already have gotten their Singapore driving license may still not fully remember how to drive around a traffic junction such as the Novena roundabout.
Hence, make sure you a roundabout well and not commit mistakes.
The following is a video animation showing the various circumstances which may occur when you enter and drive into a roundabout and the things you need to take note of.
Additionally, a roundabout does not have traffic lights to guide people, hence you need to memorize how to navigate and drive safely in such a situation by learning from a good school or private driving instructor in Singapore and remember the driving skills well.
I hope you don’t find the above task too daunting. In Singapore, there may not be many roundabouts in reality, however for other countries, there may be quite a number of them. Hence, you need to learn properly if there is even a small chance of you wanting to move overseas and drive on the roads there – as Singapore’s driver license is an international one, you should make good use of your driving lessons here and learn properly so that you can hit the road driving when you go to another country and navigate all sorts of road junctions with ease!
Parking may be one of the hardest things. In fact, I used to think that parking is peanuts. That driving would be harder – I was wrong. When you’re driving, it’s easy to move and steer intuitively to a great extent. However, when it comes to parking, other cars or obstacles are close to you and there is no room for error or to correct your mistake even though you’re moving at slow speed.
However, it is easy when you listen to the above video and assimilate the above driving lessons with the tips dished out to you by your driving instructor in Singapore.
One tip though: When you learn driving, your driving instructor usually gives you very mechanical steps for parking such as turning 3 times to the left then turning 2 times to the right and e.t.c. The driving instructor will also tell you to adjust your sideview mirror to park the car properly. In reality, however, you do not do that and depend more on intuition (though this is after you get the basic mechanics down) and you also do not constantly adjust your side view mirror. That’s the key difference and was initially one of the hardest points for me to get used to when I first drove after I got my SIngapore driving license.
If you want to learn more about driving, then get your lessons from private driving instructors – they are cheaper and equally professional. Why not right?
If you want find out more about how you can get your private driving instructor today, contact Sglearntodrive.
This is for Singapore only.
Driving manual uphill is definitely not an easy thus you should watch the above video to learn it well!
This is one of the driving skills which will definitely be tested in Singapore when you go for your driving license test and it is also one of the stations where most students fail.
Thus, you can and must watch the above video tutorial teaching you how to move off a slope easily when driving a manual car.
Otherwise if you are located in Singapore, you can check out this website – SGLEARNTODRIVE – they basically match you up with the best qualified driving instructors Singapore has to offer.
Perhaps you’ve never used such a matching agency before, but what they do is very simple. They simply match your requirements up to the best and most suitable private driving instructor they have and you can simply liaise with them for anything. Otherwise, you could also go to Comfort Delgro Driving Center, Bukit Batok Driving Center or Singapore Safety Driving Center.
If you are looking to pass your driving test Singapore with ease and you are a school student, your main concern would most likely be the outside roads instead – usually school students perform much better in the circuit and not as well as on outside roads –> Reason being that school driving students simply just get more practice inside the driving circuit while private driving instructors give more lessons on the outside so they usually perform better for outside Singapore roads driving.
Thus the following are some of the most awesome driving tips for acing your test and finally achieve and get your highly coveted driving license Singapore.
First of all, you want to always appear confident in front of the driving tester who is usually an ex Traffic Police employee. The last thing the driving tester wants to see is an non-confident person. You are going to drive on the actual roads without supervision in future, do you think the tester is going to let someone who is not even confident to drive on the roads?
Secondly, when you change lanes, signal and just change lanes. Don’t hesitate here and there and not move or swing your car about. This is about the worst mistake ever.
Lastly, don’t do stupid things such as driving super slowly as well. One honk from another driver for you doing something stupid means that you are awarded… an instant fail.
So you have a foreign legitimate driving license but you would like to convert it into a Singapore driving license so as to drive on the roads of Singapore? There are certain steps you need to take (if you are learning from private driving instructors Singapore).
I decided to write this post because I realized quite a lot of foreigners do not know how to do so.
1) Go down to Ubi, Bukit Batok or Admiralty’s driving school.
2) Go to the Traffic Police department within.
3) Ask for application for conversion of license. You will then need to go through BTT, apply for PDL and go for FTT. Then you will apply for final practical exam – pass it and you finally will get your coveted Singapore driver’s license!
Okay, perhaps that sounded too general – here’s the breakdown.
BTT basically stands for basic theory test and it’s a simple theory test on the road signs shown in Singapore and the quiz has 50 questions out of which you need to get 45 correct to pass.
FTT stands for final theory test and the quiz format is similar to BTT. It is however more heavy on application of driving, such as how to parallel park e.t.c.
PDL is provisional driving license, which is the license that grants you the right to learn driving on the roads from certified driving instructors.
If you are looking to get your driving license and take your driving test Singapore, there are several things you may want to note down if you want to pass on your first attempt.
Missing by 1 mark will cause you to fail the entire exam. So don’t. Because it will waste more time and money. You want to pass on the first try.
1) Always look in the rear view mirror before moving off from a stop. Till today, I’m not sure why this is necessary but just do it or you will get points deducted. This is extremely important if you want to pass your Singapore driving test.
2) Turn your head when checking for your blind spots and make the turning of your head as obvious as possible. The tester cannot see your eyes looking around and checking, you need to move your head in an obvious manner.
3) Do not drive over road strips or paintings on the road. This can potentially cause the car to aqua-plane and that will cause the car to skid. When that happens, you will not be able to pass your driving test.
Of course, other than these important tips to pass your driving test, it’s also important to get a good driving instructor in Singapore to teach you the driving fundamentals.
3 Point Turns are one of the hardest turns and requires great coordinating of your hands and eyes. You will need to turn the wheels swiftly, going on slow mode, and checking the surroundings. U turns are probably straight forward with one complete steerling of the wheels, but 3 point turns requires 2 opposite complete steerling of the wheels.
You can get a good private driving instructor here to coach you well. They will be able to teach you how to navigate around such a tight cornering.
One of the biggest difference you will find when learning how to perform a three point turn in Singapore during your driving lesson is that within the circuit, the ‘three point turn’ looks vastly different from a real one. This is because within the circuit such as the one at Singapore Ubi, there is a carpark lot for you to reverse into and change directions. In reality, there is seldom enough space for that, and is much tighter and no such thing as a ‘carpark’ space for you to reverse into for performing a three point turn.
Thankfully, with the advent of the Internet, you can easily learn such driving skills on the Internet to quickly supplement whatever your private driving instructor is teaching you in Singapore so that you can learn! Properly!
You can learn how to perform this handy maneuver through the video below!