As mentioned in my previous post, because the Traffic Police Department in Singapore stopped issuing private driving coaching licenses to individuals since 20+ years ago, the absolute number of private driving instructors in Singapore has been capped ever since. What is more is that the number is actually decreasing slowly throughout the years as the instructors have slowly retired one by one, and the licenses are not transferable.
When all the private driving instructors retire, everyone in Singapore will be forced to learn driving in the driving centres instead. There will be much fewer choices for the Singaporeans from then on. There are 3 driving centres in Singapore, namely Bukit Batok Driving Centre, Singapore Safety Driving Centre, and Ubi Cdc Driving Centre. Unfortunately, learning and taking driving lessons at these driving schools in Singapore is actually very costly. This is also the reason why I advocate students to pick up driving lessons from private driving instructors in Singapore today when they can.
These private driving instructors in Singapore have many more years of teaching experience and giving driving lessons than the school teachers have. Most are young teachers at the schools and are salaried workers – which means they simply do not care about how well your driving lessons go or how well you learn because they can ignore about bad word of mouth marketing. On the other hand when it comes to private driving instructors, they are sole proprietors and so their reputation matters to them a lot and literally affects their entire livelihood.
There are essentially two good ways to find yourself such an instructor.
1) You get a friend who has passed his or her Singapore driving test on the first try to pass you the contacts of the private driving instructor.
2) You can get private driving lessons by going to legitimate online matching agencies such as SGLEARNTODRIVE where the business will match you up to a suitable private driving instructor.
There are two ways of getting driving instructors in Singapore. You can either get a school driving instructor or a private driving instructor through agencies like SG LEARN TO DRIVE to teach you driving.
i) Getting a school driving instructor is easy – you will just have to contact the driving centres and they will allocate school driving instructors to you.
ii) If you want to get a private driving instructor, you will have to do the sourcing in Singapore by yourself.
Common ways of sourcing includes asking for referrals from your friends, searching on the internet, or contacting a private driving instructor agent who has a pool of private driving instructors under their belt to allocate to you. Private driving instructors are stationed all over Singapore, but more common found in Ubi, Bukit Batok, and Woodlands.
The main reason why private driving instructors mostly teach at the 3 above mentioned areas in Singapore is because the driving schools and hence eventual Singapore driving test will be conducted there so it is better for private driving instructors to teach you around those corresponding areas so that you are more familiar with the roads around the area and this greatly enhances the possibility of you passing your driving test on your very first try.
There are many students who have absurd requests for private driving instructors such as requesting to learn to drive at places such as Botanic Gardens area – although the place there is truly scenic and there are many nice landmarks at that area of Singapore, private driving instructors are not allowed to teach students to drive about in every single part of Singapore. There are many designated areas actually.
Among these 3, Bukit Batok private driving instructor is the fewest in number. Their prices may be marked up slightly too due to their low supply. So you should not be surprised if you find that places with higher demand yet lower supply to have the private driving instructors charge a more expensive rate for their driving lessons.
If you have not yet began your road or path to obtaining your driving license in Singapore, and are wondering how to actually go about applying and getting that driving license you have wanted ever since you turned 18 in Singapore, then make sure to take note of this post.
This applies for both driving schools and private driving instructor in Singapore and the steps are the same.
To obtain a Singapore driving license, you will need to first apply for a learner driving account at one of the driving centres in Singapore, either under a school learner, or a private learner. Make sure to apply under the Traffic Police department at these driving centers (Singapore Safety driving center at Woodlands, Bukit Batok driving center at Bukit Batok and ComfortDelgro driving center at Ubi area). Do not apply under the school because that means you are a school student (and school driving lessons cost an arm and a leg in Singapore). Make sure to apply under the Singapore Traffic Police department located within these driving schools.
After you have successfully set up your account, you will need to apply and sit for your Basic Theory Test (BTT). This BTT results is for life – this means that you will never need to retake this examination for the rest of your life after you have passed it once. Great isn’t it?
Next, when you passed your BTT, you can apply and sit for your Final Theory Test (FTT). At the same time, you can apply for Provisional Driving License (PDL) and start to take driving lessons. I recommend that you take lessons from private driving instructors in Singapore.
After you have passed your FTT, you can apply for, and sit for your practical test.
After passing your practical test, you will obtain your Singapore driving license! This entire process will take approximately between 6 to 8 months. Congratulations! Now you can drive on the roads of Singapore or most countries around the world because it is considered to be an international driving license.