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.