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Tips for Expats Driving in Marine Parade

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Marine Parade.

1. Understanding the Driving Rules

Driving in Singapore, including Marine Parade, is on the left-hand side of the road. The country has strict traffic rules and heavy penalties for violations. It’s important to familiarize yourself with these rules before you start driving. For example, seat belts are mandatory for all passengers, and using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited unless it’s hands-free.

2. Car Recommendation

As Singapore is a small and densely populated city-state, compact cars are often recommended for ease of parking and maneuverability. However, owning a car in Singapore can be expensive due to the high cost of Certificates of Entitlement (COE), which is a license that allows you to own and use a vehicle for a period of 10 years.

3. Parking Situation

Finding parking in Marine Parade can be challenging, especially during peak hours. Most shopping malls, condominiums, and office buildings offer paid parking. The cost can vary, but it’s generally considered expensive. It’s advisable to use public transportation or taxis when possible to avoid the hassle and cost of parking.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in Singapore with a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) or a foreign license that is in English for up to 12 months. However, if your foreign license is not in English, you must have an official translation from the relevant embassy.

5. Obtaining a Singaporean Driving License

If you’re planning to stay in Singapore for more than 12 months, you’ll need to convert your foreign license to a Singaporean one. To do this, you’ll need to pass the Basic Theory Test (BTT). Once you’ve passed, you can apply for conversion at the Traffic Police Test Centre. You’ll need to bring your passport, NRIC/Entry Permit/Employment Pass/Dependant Pass/Social Visit Pass/Work Permit, original and a photocopy of your valid foreign driving license, and processing fee.

6. Consider Car Leasing

Given the high cost of owning a car in Singapore, many expats choose to lease a car instead. Leasing packages often include insurance, road tax, maintenance, and a replacement car during servicing or in the event of a breakdown.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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