Wednesday, January 10, 2007

How to pass your driving test at first try

People in Singapore always lament how expensive and hard it is to pass a driving test here.

The reason why most people learning to drive can't drive well is because of lack of practice. Booking a car and a driving instructor to have sufficient practice to hone one's driving skills can cost a lot of money. Most people spend at least $1k plus to $2k plus and above just to get a class 3 driving license. People who pass only at their 3rd or 4th attempt can chalk up to $4k to $5k in learning costs.

Given enough practice, anyone learning to drive would be able to pass their driving test fairly easily at first try.

It's easy for a rich man's son to practice his driving and parking if his father lives in a mansion with tons of space for him to learn driving.

For the ordinary folks out there not born with a silver spoon in their mouth can resort to other means like getting someone else (a family member or a a friend) with a driving license, to rent a car and let him learn and practise his driving.

Of course learning to drive through such a means is not legal. But it's not that easy to get caught either if you go to some obscure corner of the island

to practise your driving and parking.


Blogger 老星洲 said...

I have been driving cars since 2 years ago. It is easy to drive a car, just ask your qualified friend driver to take you to Punggol or old Thomson Road, then you drive yourself there.

But don't get caught by police. If you see a police car coming, don't worry, just drive smoothly, and don't look at the police when they bypass you.

You can pass your driving test in just the first try.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 11:58:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger 老星洲 said...

Forget to mention, also study your highway codes and road theories before you learn how to drive.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 11:59:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Mickell said...

To Lao Xing Zhou: But you did stare back at the police around your age when they stared at you along Lim Chu Kang Road according to what you said in your comment in my earlier Cry Wolf post ;)

If more people are able to pass their driving at their first try and appear to be experienced in driving, the driving instructors and traffic police would get suspicious and start wondering where and how these people acquired their driving experience. Ha, ha, ha...! :D

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 12:20:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger 老星洲 said...

I stared back but they didn't stop me.

Due to the expensive driving test, people can't afford to fail. Some of them uses my tactics and pass the test in just the first try. Of course can't be a experienced driver, you know why? Since they are driving in remote places, there is no cars! Hence, easier to drive than crowded roads.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 1:03:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mickell said...

To Lao Xing Zhou: Were you nervous when those police stared at you? Yes. It certainly is much easier to drive on roads that are not crowded where a leaner driver would be less likely to get horned at for moving off slowly or stalling his manual car while doing so.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 1:51:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Joepsc said...

I think it's meant to be very hard in view of our limited land and roads, which call for the car quota system.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 2:02:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mickell said...

To Joepsc: That's why there are people who are resorting to practising how to drive on their own first before they actually start to learn driving officially and take the driving test thereafter. After being familiar with driving using such practices, the actual official driving lessons and the driving test thereafter could well turn out to be a real breeze.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 3:52:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger goodshithappens said...

i want to learn driving but i never feel like taking the initiative for such a long time. hahah

Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 4:48:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mickell said...

To Goodshithappens: It's easier to pass your driving test Down Under than in Singapore :)

Friday, January 12, 2007 at 11:24:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger See Fei said...

i drove without a license for sometime before going for the test. you are right that ppl lack practice and hence got prob with the driving test.

Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 4:05:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mickell said...

To See Fei: Thank you for your confession pal :)

Monday, January 15, 2007 at 9:47:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger 老星洲 said...

That Lim Chu Kang road (in the photo) must be avoid at all cost. Don't be trick by its isolated location, it is armed with military police alongside of the road.

If you want to drive, try out old Thomson road, leading to Upper Pierce Reservoir. Or, the Puggol areas.

Monday, January 15, 2007 at 10:58:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Mickell said...

To Lao Xing Zhou: Thanks for the tip pal. I'm sure people looking for ways and means to beat the system would appreciate it very much.

Monday, January 15, 2007 at 11:27:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger le radical galoisien said...

How wastefully strict.

Here, there's a national culture of teenage driving - if you register a learner's permit, it's legal to drive as long as there's another driver with a driver's license next to you. Also, you have to put up a big "L" at the back of your car, to warn other cars. But it works, I think.

That way, you'll probably still engage in some formal lessons around the equivalent of 200-500 SGD, but probably you just retry and retry the test again without having to take formal lessons all over again, by practicing with your parents.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 11:43:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To le radical galoisien: So have you gotten your driving license yet? It's much cheaper and easier getting one in the States than in Singapore, that's for sure.

Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 10:50:00 AM GMT+8  

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