While to some it may seem like it’s kind of late in the game for me to get my driver’s license but there’s the thing…it’s not all that strange for someone in Singapore not to have a driver’s license and that’s mainly due to two reasons – cars here are really expensive and we have a great public transport system.
I live on a dot on a map island where space is limited so in order to control the number of cars, the government implemented a levy system on cars making them expensive – as an American friend of mine once said “for the price of a Porsche back home, I can only get a Toyota Corolla here”. While the government implemented this levy, they also improved public transport greatly to make it easy for you to get around without having a car.
Having said all that, I’m sure you’re wondering “well if you have a great public transport system and cars are expensive, why do you want your driver’s license?”. Well to be honest, I want my license more for use overseas than for at home. There are some places that I would love to travel to but without a car you can’t really make the most of it and as I don’t drive, I haven’t been able to travel to those places, so I figured I’ll just get my license. I may not get a car here at home, but I could rent one or maybe go with a co-op plan to have access to a car when needed, especially during the festive season.
So I started my driving lessons at the beginning of the year but had to put them on hold after a month until recently due to health issues. Hopefully I’ll be able to get my driver’s license before I head to the US in September so that I can help drive during road trips with my bestie and her family. My instructor thinks it shouldn’t be an issue and is teaching me with that in mind. I have taken driving lessons many many many many years ago but it’s been too long since I have been behind the wheel so definitely need these before I can take the practical test.
Where I live, in order to get your driver’s license, you need to take two theory tests and a practical. First you take your basic highway code theory test – pass that and you get your learners’ permit. You need to pass your advance highway code theory test before you can take the practical exam. I’ve passed both of my theory tests so now it’s just practical lessons and the practical test. Fingers crossed I can pass my test on the first attempt and get my license by mid to late August.