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Driving in English: Read this Before You Hit the Road

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 @ 08:15 AM

driving in English, vocabulary for driving in the United StatesDo you have a car in your new life in the United States?

If so, you might find yourself confused once in a while about vocabulary terms, road signs, parking, and general rules of the road.

We have designed today's lesson to help you feel more comfortable behind the wheel in the United States.

Last week one of my students was confused when his GPS system told him to take a left at the "fork in the road." Fork in the road? Isn't a fork a utensil that we use at the dinner table? Yes it is, but it also means a split in the road where you can choose which direction to take.

In today's video lesson, we will travel by car from Boston to New York and you will learn all of the vocabulary words you need to know to get there safely!

f you are confused about driving in English, this article is for you. Check it out!



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Try this quiz:


1. The police officer used his blue lights to get us to _________.

a) pull in

b) pull over

c) speed up


2. It's hard to _______ of the driveway because you can't see anything behind you.

a) back out

b) pull in

c) veer off


3. The man _______ the road when he reached for his mobile phone.

a) turned off

b) showed up

c) veered off


4. On rainy days, you have to make sure your windshield doesn't _______ so that you can see.

a) fog up

b) clear up

c) break up


Answer key: 1) b  2) a  3) c  4) a


Quick note: These are phrasal verbs! Do you have trouble with phrasal verbs? Would you like to know how to use them in everyday conversation? Soon we will be releasing an iPhone app to help you master phrasal verbs. Don't miss it! Click the button below to learn more.




English idioms about driving


1) To hit the road: To leave somewhere to go somewhere else.

This party is getting boring. Let's hit the road.


2) To be a backseat driver: Someone who gives advice even if they are not in control. Usually the advice is not asked for and is considered annoying or unnecessary.

Mike is such a backseat driver. He makes me mad!


3) To be in the driver's seat: To be in charge of something

The choice is yours. You are in the driver's seat.


4) To be asleep at the wheel: When someone is not paying attention to what they are doing

You aren't keeping up with the project. You have been asleep at the wheel.



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