6 places in S’pore that new drivers should avoid at all costs

So, you’ve just got your licence and is bloody damn excited to drive on the road. Hey, hey, hey. Hold your horses first. In Singapore, the roads aren’t as forgiving as those in BBDC.

People don’t cross the roads on traffic lights or zebra crossing, and the driving world isn’t a bed of rose. These are the roads that you, if you’re a p-plater, should avoid—unless you’re looking to lose your licence soon.

Upper Bukit Timah Road

If you hate changing lane at the very last second, here’s one road that will train you to be proficient in it: over here, the roads are forever under construction, so you’ll have to change lane fast if not you’ll get stuck behind a construction zone.

And if you’re hoping that people will give way, then hope forever, because there’s a big difference between a P-plate and a L-plate.

Industrial areas like Bukit Batok Industrial Park or Yew Tee Industrial Estate

Think you have it worse with S-course and crank course? Think again. Over here, cars are parked so close to the roads that sometimes, as you skillfully navigate through a minefield of large-ass parked lorries, you’ll see yourself head-on with another car.

Unless one of you reverse 500 metres into a small space for another to move in, you’ll be stuck there—like, literally. Stuck. Front got car, sides got cars, back got car…

Orchard Road or CBD (or any place in town)

Unlike roads in residential area, the roads here are very different: there’re one-way roads, entrances to buildings on the right of roads and roads that spilt to two different areas. One wrong move and you’ll be in Tampines when you wanted to go Jurong.

Customs to JB

It’s tempting to drive to JB once you’ve got your licence—but come on lah, you haven’t even mastered the roads in Singapore and you’re thinking of going there? Firstly, the signboards are all in Malay—secondly, you’ll have to reverse to exit a parking lot.

Thirdly, which is still in Singapore, when you’re in the customs, cars are mere centimetres away from each other. Unless you’re really prepared to get into an accident, stick to SBS 170 first.

Narrow roads like Whitchurch Road, Vigilante Drive, etc

You know it’s a narrow road when you see that the road itself seems to be even narrower than the width of your car. And the worst is that even when it’s so damn narrow, cars are parked by the road, having one half of the car on the grass and the other half on the road.

In other words, you’re going to navigate the tightest S-course you’ve ever encountered in your life—and if you make a mistake, your car either fall down a small slope or you kiss a car. Don’t try it. Reserving and avoiding it is better.

Impossible car parks

Okay, maybe not impossible, but these car parks require a skilled driver to navigate. Driving schools taught us how to do S-course, crank course, moving on a slope, parallel and checking for traffic: they didn’t teach us to do everything at one go. Just check out this article!


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