Driving tips for Singapore

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Driving tips for Singapore


If you are in Singapore for under six months and hold an International Drivers Licence, you can legally drive in the country. Be sure to learn the local driving regulations as they may be different from those in your home country.


In Singapore you drive on the left side of the road. The speed limit is usually about 50km/h on roads and between 70 and 80 km/h on expressways. Like most countries, drinking and driving is illegal and a punishable offense. Make sure to always buckle up and use child seats for young children as they are requirements. If driving after 7pm be sure to have your headlights on. It is required that headlights are on from 7pm until 7am. Also, be sure to avoid talking on a mobile (cell) phone while driving because punishments were recently made more strict for this offense.

If you are involved in an accident while driving it is normal for some matters to be settled without the police coming. This is only for minor accidents however. If there is a more serious accident, call 995 and file a police report. If you are planning on making an insurance claim, you need to file a report with the police within 24 hours of the accident.

You will be able to purchase motor insurance for your vehicle in Singapore. This covers any damage to the vehicle from an accident, fire, theft, or windshield damage. Personal accident cover may be purchased as well to cover medical expenses of anyone injured in the car.

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