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Driving in Singapore: A Comprehensive Guide

Heading to our vibrant city-state and planning to drive? Here’s a comprehensive guide about driving in Singapore. Driving is a fabulous way to take in the sights of this modern yet history-rich republic. We provide an overview of rules, regulations, speed limits, and other crucial information to help you hit the road with confidence.

Rules & Regulation For Driving in Singapore

Here are some important rules and driving tips that you need to familiarise yourself with for a smooth driving experience in Singapore.

  • In Singapore, we drive on the left side of the road, mate.
  • The right lane is meant for speedy driving. Remember to overtake on the right-hand side and please lah, keep to the left if you’re not overtaking.
  • Seat belts and child seats are compulsory. If you’re below the height of 1.35 meters (about 4 feet 5 inches), you need to secure yourself with a suitable child restraint or use a booster seat.
  • The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. Don’t drink and drive!
  • Remember to switch on your headlights between 7 pm and 7 am.
  • Regulatory signs, usually circular and in red or blue, regulate traffic movement. Not complying with them can lead to an offense.
  • At junctions without traffic controls, cars from the right get the right of way. But ah, having the right of way and getting right of way are two different things. Always be ready to stop.
  • When turning right at a large junction, you’ll cross lanes of the oncoming traffic. You’ll need to give way. Wait in the designated boxes for the traffic coming from the opposite direction to clear, or wait for the green arrow on the traffic lights. A flashing arrow means stop unless it’s not safe to stop (just like amber on a normal traffic light). When turning left, you might encounter a slipway bypassing the traffic lights. If that’s the case, you don’t need to stop for the lights, but you must give way to traffic on the road you’re merging onto.

Speed Limit For Driving in Singapore

Here are some standard speed limits to be mindful of when driving in Singapore. Watch out for signs indicating speed limit changes in construction zones, around schools, or in other special circumstances.

Within city limits50 km/h (31 mph)
Outside city limits70-90 km/h (43-56 mph)

Here are some essential documents you need to have on hand when driving in Singapore.

  • Get an International Driver’s Permit from your home country or from the Automobile Association of Singapore. For US residents, you can get one from the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA).
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • A valid passport.
  • Proof of insurance.

Why Drive in Singapore?

Why should you consider driving in Singapore? There are numerous compelling reasons! Firstly, it’s incredibly convenient. You can easily navigate from one place to another without the need to wait for public transportation. Moreover, it provides the freedom to explore. You can roam around at your own pace, sightsee, and truly immerse yourself in the environment. Additionally, driving in Singapore is a unique experience. The traffic is orderly, roads are well-maintained, and the signage is clear. So, why not give it a try? Just ensure to abide by the rules!

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