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How To Avoid Top 10 common mistakes made during Practical Driving Test

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At ComfortDelGro Driving Centre (CDC), we aim to train learner drivers and riders to develop good driving habits and be both skilled and socially responsible on the road. A long-time leader in the driver education industry in Singapore, CDC has over 40,000 graduates annually since its establishment in 1996.

Currently, there are more than 2,000 Private and School Learners attempting their Practical Driving Test every month in CDC. Based on statistics from Traffic Police (January to December 2020), CDC has achieved the highest percentage with a first timer passing rate of 60.51%.

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Our experienced Driving Instructors with high passing rates have tabulated the Top 10 Common mistakes made by CDC learners during their Practical Driving Tests and we will share tips on how to correct and avoid them.

Check them out below!


TOP 10 COMMON MISTAKES

NO. 1: REQUIRE ADDITIONAL REVERSE MOVEMENT AT DIRECTIONAL CHANGE


Source: GIPHY

HOW TO AVOID:
Ensure that your car is at the correct position before you began to reverse.
Take note of your sighting points and the correct procedure.

NO.  2: FAIL TO CONFIRM SAFETY AT DIRECTIONAL CHANGE


Source: GIPHY

HOW TO AVOID:
Check the rear for your blind spots before reversing, and re-confirm at correct intervals

NO. 3: STRIKE KERB AT PARALLEL PARKING

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Source: RAC

HOW TO AVOID:

Look where you are moving and note the surrounding kerb and sighting points before you reverse.

NO. 4: TURN STEERING WHILST VEHICLE IS STATIONARY WHEN PARKING (PARALLEL/VERTICAL)


Source: GIPHY

HOW TO AVOID:

Turn the steering wheel only when the vehicle is moving.

NO. 5: FAILURE TO CONFIRM SAFETY WHEN PARKING (PARALLEL/VERTICAL)


Source: GIPHY

HOW TO AVOID:

Do check your surroundings for safety before start to reverse, and re-confirm at correct intervals.

NO. 6: CHANGE LANE ABRUPTLY


Source: GIPHY

HOW TO AVOID:

Steer the steering wheel gradually and regulate speed according to traffic conditions. Signal and check your blind spots before you make any lane change.

NO. 7: IMPROPER TURNING (WIDE TURN)


Source: GIPHY

 HOW TO AVOID:

Keep your speed slow and turn your steering wheel smoothly as you look at the lane.

NO. 8: FAIL TO CHECK BLIND SPOT


Source: GIPHY

HOW TO AVOID:

Check blind spots regularly before turning and lane changes.

NO. 9: INSUFFICIENT ACCELERATION


Source: GIPHY

HOW TO AVOID:

Do accelerate whenever you are moving off and anticipate traffic when in your favour.

NO. 10: ROLL BACKWARDS LESS THAN 1 METRE


Source: GIPHY

HOW TO AVOID:

Ensure that you feel the “biting point” of the clutch before releasing the handbrake.


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If you are still unsure how to ace your practical driving test, check out CDC’s Practical Training Video before your Practical Test. Find out more on the learner's portal, simply log in with your Learner ID and you are one step closer to getting your Driving Licence in just one try!


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Information is accurate as of 1 Feb 2021.

All About Simulator Training

We often hear our older peers telling us they do not need to go through simulator when they were training for their Motorcar or Motorcycle licence.
Why do learners today have to go through Simulator Training?

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Before that, What is Simulator Training?

Simulation training takes place in a learning environment that mirrors real-life scenarios, in our case, traffic conditions and on-road scenarios.

The use of Simulator Training allows learners to put their knowledge and skills into practice through physical hands-on activity.

So…… Why do we need to go through Simulator Training?

It was announced by the Traffic Police division on 4 Dec 2019 that the compulsory simulator training will be included in learner motorists’ curriculum.

With effect from 16 December 2019, all new Class 2, 2A, 2B, 3 or 3A learner motorists are required to complete driving or riding simulator training before they are allowed to book their Practical Driving or Riding Tests.

The Simulator Training allows learner motorists to have a safe and controlled environment to practise defensive driving or riding. This would help learners to prepare for various real life road situations and cultivate good driving and riding habits.

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How does the Simulator Training work?

The simulator training comprises of three modules, each taking 20 minutes to complete. Learner motorists must have completed a minimum of five practical lessons before attempting the simulator training.

There are 15 scenarios used in the simulator training, based on the top 10 causes of traffic accidents that often result in injuries. These include high-speed expressway cornering, cyclists in blind spots and driving or riding in wet weather conditions.

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How does simulator training help learners?

The simulator trainings allow learners to make their own decisions in real-time without the help of their instructors. They are also able to drive in different road conditions that they might not have experienced before.

Source: Traffic Police 1 2

This article is brought to you by ComfortDelGro Driving Centre. 
The article may not be reproduced, full or in parts, without prior consent.
Information is accurate as of 1 July 2021.