I’ve read some people say in forums to “wayang” your way through. Including how you dress and what you wear. Honestly I don’t think it makes much of a difference if you really cannot make it in terms of driving. Leave a good impression by being polite and show you’re there to pass. You don’t have to act your way through the test, or comment that he’s handsome or wear the shortest skirt you have for ladies.
Most instructors only teach you how to drive a car – they don’t go the extra mile in preparing you to be exam smart. Use the three key lessons that can be inferred from this list to dramatically increase your chances of passing the TP driving test.
To pass, you need to know the tricks in knowing what to look out for, what to avoid, what to do and how to handle unpredictable scenarios. The Singapore Traffic Police require foreigners residing in Singapore to have a valid foreign driver’s licence which must be 18 years old and above. The driving licence is used worldwide. Conversion to a Singaporean licence is often possible for certain classes of vehicles.
If you ask me, by the time you’re going for your test and you have no good judgment on the road (e,g. you’re not confident of whether to move off or whether the car approaching is far enough for you to make the turn safely), you shouldn’t get your license yet because you’ll just be a road hazard. Testers do look out for that and especially for how you react to unforeseen circumstances. Key point is to keep your courtesy on the road and in the circuit, and although you know you’re the king in the circuit, be polite and give a thank you hand signal to the other cars that let you pass.
Foreigners who have obtained a Singapore licence are supplied with a limited-duration licence which needs to be renewed between one month before expiry to three years after expiry. After this period, the conversion procedure or licensing theory and practical tests must be taken all over again.
If not, you will end up like me – shocked at all the demerit points during my first test without knowing I even incurred them. For a start, I used this formula to pass the SG driving test on my 2nd try. For my first TP driving test at SSDC, I failed with a terrible 26 points + 1 immediate failure, screenshots on the right.
My immediate failure was for mounting the kerb after coming out of a vertical parking slot, the #1 nightmare of any driving test taker. What’s worse, was that mounting was something I had never done before! This is where the meat begins. Experience a full run of the test on paper and learn tips and tricks at every stage of the test including warm up, post warm up, in the circuit and on the road. Procedures are also broken down into easy to follow steps – you just have to execute them.
Overconfidence often leads to speeding, something which you may not be conscious about since you’re already used to that speed. Also, remember that there’s no speedometer in front of the tester, so it’s really up to how fast he feels you’re going. No use trying to argue you’re going 48km/h instead of being accused going over 50km/h. But something else caught my attention, how did I commit so many of those 2 and 4 demerit point offences? And why did my driving instructor not teach me about them? With a mixture of disappointment, bewilderment and frustration, I went research crazy and finally nailed down the formula to pass the driving test.
Test takers also do not know the psychological tricks to to stay alert and composed during the test. What they only know, is to tell themselves to relax, treat it like a lesson and tester as a friendly instructor. Even friends say the same thing! The Driver Improvement Points System (DIPS) is a system whereby demerit points will be added to the driver’s record. The system is meant to deter drivers from infringing the rules-of-the-road and, if they do, suspend their driving licence for a period of time. This system requires offenders to retest and pass the driving test again from the beginning.
That is really naive thinking – you can’t control your emotions like that. A class 3 or class 3A licence permits the holder to drive motorcars weighing less than 3,000 kg when unladen and may not carry more than seven passengers, excluding the driver. In addition, the holder may drive a motor tractor or other motor vehicles with an unladen weight of less than 2,500 kg.
A class 3A licence limits the holder to drive motor vehicles without a clutch pedal, typically automatic transmission cars, whereas a class 3 licence allows the holder to drive all motor vehicles. Class 3A drivers are not allowed to drive manual transmission cars.
Trust me, after a mistake, your mind starts thinking, “OMG I’m screwed. But wait, did I really make that mistake? Did the tester see?”… And what happens if you get a tester from hell? How do you stay composed when he shouts in your face to overtake another car? And what happens when something unpredictable happens (jaywalker pops out in front of you/car cuts your lane and jams brakes)?
It leaves a good impression. For making a turn at a big junction, as mentioned above that you’re not confident of doing so, don’t take the test, it’ll save lives in case somehow you escape the eyes of your tester. You can drive really well and feel confident that you can pass the test, and high speeds aren’t a problem for you and you want to prove it to your tester. The best way is to drive between 40-45km/h steadily, for it’s not about the speed.
Hopefully this article helps calm the nerves of those who are going for the test. Remember, drive safely and you’ll pass. Keep the good habits and get rid of bad ones and the roads will be better. Soon I might write about some good/bad habits noticed in Singaporean Drivers. Do look out for it!