10 Things a Driving Instructor Might Not Have Taught That Are Useful in S’pore TP

Image: Vigen M / Shutterstock.com

Are you going to take your driving test (TP) soon? If so, this will be a lifesaver for you.

While most driving instructors are good, given the number of students they had, they might not have imparted all the skills to you—here’re the ten things that your driving instructor probably didn’t, or have forgotten to, tell you!

Read Also: Latest Nas Daily Video is About S’pore (Again) & It Featured PM Lee

Try hitting or mounting a kerb before taking the test
I know it feels good to boast that you’ve never hit or mounted the kerb before, but here’s the thing: if you’ve never done it before, how would you avoid it? Having a feel of how hitting or mounting the kerb will give you renewed confidence on how to prevent that—one of the killer Immediate Failures in TP.

To make sure you stop before the stop line, use your right-side mirror as a gauge
When you look to your right, the stop line should either be above the side mirror, or just below the side mirror. If it’s too low, you’ve crossed the stop line, and you should know the consequences.

Don’t practise at night
If you’re going for some practice sessions before the test, try to do it during the day. Night driving is pretty different from driving in the morning, especially for lane-changing, so you won’t gain more experience from it.

Go slow. Like, really slow
Once you speed, you’ll get an immediate failure. However, if you go slow, you’ll only get points for “insufficient acceleration”, which, in comparison, is better than taking the risk of failing immediately. But of course, do yourself and other road users a favour: don’t go 20 kmh on a 50 kmh road.

Don’t expect the test route to be the same
Sometimes, the tester will change the route for some reason. There’s no point in you knowing, or even memorizing, the routes, so spend more time on practising on your turn or lane-changing instead!

If you’re taking a Class 3 (manual) test, make sure you’re “one with the car” before you start your test
“One with the car” simply means you can change gear without needing to think of the steps, and so you’ll have one less thing to worry. If you can make a turn whilst making a turn, you’re already “one with the car”!

Don’t get too obsessed with the rollback during slope
You’ll only get an immediate failure if you roll back for one metre—and that’s a lot of distance. Rolling back a little is fine, so don’t get too obsessed with making sure that you didn’t even roll back one centimetre.

Don’t wait for the tester to test the jam brake
Because there might not be a jam brake test. I know because during my test, I was waiting…and waiting…and waiting, and there wasn’t any. And boy was I nervous throughout that ten seconds!

(Article continues below) Xing Xing is a 34-year-old Singaporean lady who decides to meet up with an online friend she found in Facebook. But it turns out that he’s not what he seems to be: Prepare boxes of tissue and watch the saddest Singapore Facebook love story here:

(Article continues below) Xing Xing is a 34-year-old Singaporean lady who decides to meet up with an online friend she found in Facebook. But it turns out that he’s not what he seems to be: Prepare boxes of tissue and watch the saddest Singapore Facebook love story here:

(Since you’re here, subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more informative videos lah)

(Since you’re here, subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more informative videos lah)

It’s okay to let your car stall or your saliva fly when you jam brake
Because when you can stop in time, you’ll have passed that, even if your glasses have flew all the way to the windscreen.

Be extra careful of zebra crossing
I have a friend who failed because someone just dashed onto the zebra crossing. When you’re getting near to one, make sure you look everywhere, and slowed down to a stop if needed, because a cyclist might just turn into the zebra crossing!

Always bored during your commute to and fro work or school? Here’s the best solution: download our app for new articles, Facebook videos and YouTube videos that are updated daily…and most importantly, exclusive contents that are only available in our app! It’s your perfect companion for your daily commute!

Click Here to Download the App!

Imagine your ex-boyfriend being featured in our app for jumping on a reserved seat. Or your nasty ex-boss being “roasted” in our app for being too handsome. You won’t have known these if you’ve not downloaded our app, as almost 80% of our contents are app-exclusive (i.e. you can’t find in our website / Facebook). If you don’t want to lose out, you really need to download our app NOW. Imagine you’re the one featured in our app and you didn’t even know about it #justsaying

Click Here to Download the App! 


Low Kay Hwa

Low Kay Hwa

Low Kay Hwa thinks that cats are the cutest creatures in the world.
Low Kay Hwa