An important good reason why plenty of people choose private driving instructors often is the cost factor. In Singapore, you can take your driving lessons in any of the driving centres here: Bukit Batok driving centre, Comfort driving centre (ubi driving centre) and Woodlands driving centre. You can be paying just SGD$45 per 1 hour 30 minutes session (from what I check on the net some private approved driving instructors are providing lower rates) with a private driving instructor. And with the same driving instructor (private), you will get better pointers in terms of correcting your bad driving habits, which in turn increases the odds of passing.
With the mainbenefit of getting a private driving instructor being the cost factor, the subsequent challenge you have is to hire the right private driving instructor to get ready you for your practical test.
When you hire and utilize a private driving instructor the very first time, there is a one-time SGD$60 (industry average) as registration fee. The challenge lies herein, what if you spend the $60 registration fee and doesn’t obtain the right private driving instructor? You find yourself paying the registration fees for a new private driving instructor again (and you face exactly the same risks still).
What we do in Kukudrivers is always to work with a pool of private driving instructors who are good and come strongly recommended. In terms of this, one man’s meat can be another’s poison. When taking your Singapore driving license, you can hire a private driving instructor for your practical tests at the same time while studying for your basic theory test and final theory test. Check out the Traffic Police Singapore website for other details.
Things to cover / learn in Basic Theory Test / Exam?
We highly suggest you buy the Basic Theory of Driving – The Official Handbook from the school ( it comes as a package with the Final Theory Test handbook) when you book for your Basic Theory Test.
Introduction to driving (in Singapore), different classes of driving licenses
Singapore Road Signs and Signals (you literally need to memorise each one of these)
Singapore Traffic Rules and Regulations (again just pure memorisation)
Code of Conduct on the road
Parts and Control of A Car (Basic)
And other nitty gritty details which we will not cover here.
After you clear your Basic Theory Test (you’ll get your results on the spot with a print out), your Basic Theory Test “Pass Results” stays with you for a lifetime.
This simply means, you can go on to carry out the next 2 steps (together if you want)
1. Get a Provisional Driving License (PDL) – this enables you to learn practical lessons on the roads with a certified driving instructor. Without the PDL, you can not book for your driving lessons
2. Book your Final Theory Test date. You definitely have to clear your Basic Theory Test Date before booking for your Final Theory Test Date.
We’ll help you clear your Basic Theory Test (BTT) easily.
The Final Theory Test is really a lot trickier than the Basic Theory Test meaning that you will be supposed to understand how a manual car work (clutch, brakes and accelerator) along with the different gears.
Even if you’re going for the auto car license (Class 3A), you have to clear the same Final Theory Test taken by Class 3 students (Manual and Auto).
We actually feel it’s easier for you to attend at least 1 to 2 practical lessons with a manual or auto car FIRST prior to taking the FTT. This certainly will give you a greater appreciation of the use of the clutch-brake-accelerator combination together with the gear. Quite a lot of questions in the FTT covers this.
Pay attention to how the FTT focuses on drink driving. Applies plenty of common sense and you can clear a lot of such questions. Essentially do NOT drink and drive!
Areas covered in the Final Theory Test:
Introduction – safe driving
Operation of vehicle controls. This covers the various fuctions on clutch, brake, accelerator and gears for example.
Basic Driving Techniques covering different safety aspects of driving.
Techniques in driving in traffic. Driving uphill and downhide and also other details on navigating the traffic.