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Benefits of private driving instructors

Personally, I would prefer private driving instructor over school driving instructor if I were to take driving lessons in Singapore and this opinion is coming from a person (me) who has passed his driving test in Singapore on his very first attempt.

Not only are private driving instructors very much cheaper than school driving instructors (about half the price), but there are other good reasons as well.

Firstly, private driving instructors let you to be driving on the real road outside right from the first lesson. Driving on the roads outside is different from driving in the circuit. Driving on the real roads will speed up your learning curve and process as you are forced to learn in a more challenging environment from the start. Learning in the circuit is learning in a controlled environment. You may feel less pressured and stressed out in this environment. I would say some stress is good for learning.

Secondly, your private driving instructor is the same throughout all your lessons. This is different from the school driving instructors who are different for all lessons. As everyone teaches differently, it is difficult to consolidate every instructors’ different teaching, especially if they are conflicting. To add the icing on the cake, you will get to use the exact same car for your driving test. This helps tremendously because for school driving students, they will use the same model but a different car. Every single car, even if it’s of the same car brand and model, can be different from each other in terms of handling and hence driving it. This is especially the case for beginner drivers (e.g. you).

Third of all, private driving instructors in Singapore have many more years of experience teaching students – at least one to two decades. This is because the last teaching license for private driving instructors in Singapore was given out more than 25 years ago. This means that all such private instructors in Singapore actually have way more than 25 years of teaching experience, making them very efficient and effective at teaching students how to drive and pass the driving test in Singapore.

Basics of driving

If you are a learner driver (e.g. a student who is taking driving lessons still from Singapore private driving instructors), this is the right place for you. In this post, I am going to teach you the basics of driving. These are the things to take note for all learner drivers or beginners (if you have not driven for a long time although you have a valid Singapore driving license, you might want to read these notes and tips as well before driving again so that you stay safe on the roads and drive competently). Whether or not you are taking your driving lessons Singapore now, your private driving instructors may or may not have shared these vital tips to you.

1. Always ensure your mirrors (rear mirror and side mirrors) are properly adjusted everytime before you start to drive. You will need to depend on them heavily to keep a lookout while driving. This is necessary because you want to be aware of the traffic conditions around your car when you are driving all the time.

Most students think that the rear and side view mirrors are only useful when parking but that is a big misconception even among drivers in Singapore with a valid driving license. (For example, not every private driving instructor in Singapore teaches you to look into the rear view mirror before braking your car – this is important because the car behind you may be following too closely and may not brake on time if you suddenly executed your emergency brakes).

2. Be familiar with the sensitivity of your steerling wheel and pedals. Do not go fast on the first drive of any vehicle. After you are used to its handling and speed, then you can slowly increase your speed. Every car is different and this applies even to cars of the same model and brand.

3. Always send your car to regular servicing to ensure it is fault-free, making sure you will have a safe vehicle to drive every time. Stay safe on the roads and don’t risk your life just for the sake of a few hundred dollars or one to two hours. It’s not worth the risk.