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Becoming a truly skilled driver in Singapore

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Just like any other activities, in order to become a truly skilled driver, one must make numerous practices. There are no shortcuts around this. Learner drivers should keep on taking driving lessons in Singapore till they master all the driving techniques and are able to execute any type of normal driving moves.

Let’s define what are all the driving techniques that one needs to master in order to qualify as a truly skilled driver in my opinion.

These driving techniques include:

1. Executing left turns on the road with ease
2. Executing right turns on the road with ease
3. Executing U-turns on the road with ease
4. Negotiating around sharp bends with ease
5. Changing lanes with ease
6. Executing three-points turns on the road with ease
7. Making vertical parking on the road with ease (able to park at both left and right side of the road shoulder)
8. Making parallel parking on the road with ease (able to park at both left and right side of the road shoulder)
9. Avoiding engine stalls (for manual transmission car drivers)
10. Able to drive safety on wet roads with ease, with no incidents

These 10 driving techniques may look easy but some of them are quite difficult to attain. For instance, most learner drivers are well-training to perform vertical parking and parallel parking on the left road shoulder. However, there are some Singapore roads which require the drivers to be able to park on the right road shoulder. Personally, I got my driving license without practicing parking on the right road shoulders. Hence, I failed at my first attempt at performing a parallel parking on the right road shoulder.

As some learner drivers may not encounter wet road conditions during their driving lessons, they do not have the experience and may not know how to handle driving in such situations. It depends on luck to meet these situations.

All in all, I would like to highly recommend learner drivers not to stop taking driving lessons even after obtaining their driving licenses till they truly feel they are skillful enough on the roads.

Alternative to private driving lessons in Singapore

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Apart from private driving lessons, learner drivers can take up lessons from driving instructors at the driving centers. There are three driving centers in Singapore – Singapore Safety Driving Center, Bukit Batok Driving Center, and the Ubi ComfortDelgro Driving Center.

It is an easy process to sign up for practical lessons at the driving centers. First of all, learner drivers have to head down to the driving centers to open an account with them. When an account has been made, learner drivers can register for practical lessons. Just a quick note – the driving centers are facing a huge demand for their driving lessons. It could take up to a month for learner drivers to book their next driving lessons.

Some common reasons why learner drivers want to learn from instructors at the driving centers include a systematic course structure, and the credible brand name. The driving instructors at the driving centers follow a strict course structure and every student will know exactly what they will learn in every lesson. This has a bad implication to it though – if learner drivers learn much faster than their average counterparts, they will still be forced to learn at the same rate as the others. No requests to speed up the lessons will be considered.

Last but not least, most people look at brand name when buying products and services these days. More recognized brands are trusted for their quality products and services. I believe some learner drivers choose the driving centers instead of private driving instructors because they are unsure whether the private driving instructors will be as good, given that there are not much information on private driving instructors on the internet.