Practice your driving consistently

So you have pass Singapore driving test already? Congrats! But that does not mean that you are necessarily a good driver on the road.

There are many (even experienced) drivers on the roads in Singapore who are clearly incompetent of driving under stress (e.g. when you see heavy traffic conditions or other cars being in extremely close proximity to you).

When you get your driving license in Singapore, it merely proves that you are able to meet the basic requirements to drive on the road. You are still a rookie driver. Do not get too carried out with this driving license as you will still need to polish up your driving skills and improve more and more till you are really a good driver on the road.

So this means that if you have access to a car, make sure to drive it at least once in a while so that you will still stay in the game when it comes to driving and be competent.

Additionally, there are several things that you will feel is ‘scary’ when you first drive by yourself on real roads – the main thing would be parking in narrow spaces. Even for perpendicular parking, some drivers start to panic (because if you learnt from a private driving instructor in Singapore, he or she would usually have instructed you to turn the side view mirror down to see the kerb e.t.c. but this is not the case in real life as there is no time for such things) and just fail to park into the parking space despite many attempts. Do you see the trouble now? I do. Hence you need constant practice and just overcome your fear – it is only in your mind.

With practice comes the skills. Do not get rusty with your driving due to very long period of not driving a car on the roads – be it a manual or auto transmission car. Consistency is the key to competent and safe driving on the roads of Singapore.

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