The Traveler’s Guide to Driving in Singapore

Singapore is a vacation destination that has something for everyone to enjoy. You can visit the Singapore Zoo, or take a tour of the Chinatown areas. You might want to see what’s happening at Universal Studios Singapore, visit the National Orchid Garden, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Cloud Forest, Marina Bay, and so much more.

Renting a vehicle in Singapore

If you do not want to rely on the public transportation system to get around, you will want a rental car. It will make it easier to reach all of the different destinations you want to visit. The minimum driving age in Singapore is 18 years old. You need to have insurance for the vehicle, so talk with the rental agency about getting coverage. In addition, make sure you have their phone number and emergency contact information.

Road conditions and safety

Driving in Singapore is generally very easy. There are well-marked streets and signs, the roads are clean and smooth, and the road network is efficient. The road signs are in English, but many of the road names are in Malay. The drivers in Singapore tend to be courteous and they obey the laws, which are strictly enforced. There are a number of things that you will want to keep in mind when driving in Singapore.

First, you will be driving on the left side of the road, and you will pass on the right. When you are at an uncontrolled junction, the traffic that is coming from the right has the right of way. Traffic that is already in a roundabout has the right of way as well.

You need to have your headlights on from 7 PM to 7 AM. There are a number of other specific rules you will need to know.

  • Monday to Saturday – Left lanes that have unbroken yellow and red lines are only usable by buses between the hours of 7:30 AM and 8 PM.

  • Monday to Friday, left lanes that have unbroken yellow lines can only be used by buses from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM and from 4:30 PM to 7 PM.

  • You are not allowed to drive over areas that have chevron markings.

  • 8 You can’t park on the side of the road if the road has parallel continuous yellow lines.

The driver and the passengers need to have seatbelts. Children under eight years old are not allowed to ride in the front seat, and they need to have a child seat if they are in the back of the vehicle. You cannot use a cell phone while driving.

The speed limit

There are a number of speed detection cameras on the major roads and expressways. In addition, the police keep a watch out for vehicles that are speeding and they will ticket you. You should always abide by the speed limits, which are clearly indicated by signs.

  • Urban areas – 40 km/h
  • Expressways – 80 to 90 km/h

Having a rental car will make it faster and more convenient to visit all of the locations you want to see.


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