واژگان پیشرفته: cars and driving

واژگان پیشرفته: cars and driving

Find your keys / take them out of your pocket: I usually keep my keys in one place. But sometimes, I misplace them and have to find them. Here are more examples:

  • I can’t find my keys!
  • Have you seen my keys?

Unlock the car: these days, most cars are unlocked electronically.

  • Can you unlock the car? I forgot to take my bag out.
  • Do you lock your car at night?

Open the door: some of the newer cars have automatic doors but most don’t.

  • Can you open the door for my grandma?
  • Don’t open the door until we’ve stopped! 

Get in the car: if you have young children, this can be challenging! To get back in the car is often used at service stations/rest stops.

  • Come on, get in the car
  • Let’s get back in the car
  • I can’t get out of the car because I hurt my knee

Put on/fasten your seatbelt: Both of these terms are used.

  • I can’t put my seatbelt on – it’s stuck!
  • Come on, put on your seatbelt
  • We’re not going anywhere until you put on your seatbelt
  • Don’t take off your seatbelt yet

Take off / release the handbrake: this is called a parking brake in the USA.

  • So, I was driving the other day and realized that I had forgotten to take off the handbrake. No wonder it was driving slowly.
  • It’s hard to take off the handbrake!

Start the car: You can also turn it on.

  • I’m sorry I’m late. The car wouldn’t start
  • Come on, let’s go – start the car
  • Turn the car off!

Automatic vs manual cars: automatic cars change gears automatically, whereas, with manual cars, you change gears manually

  • I’ve never driven a manual car
  • Automatic cars are much easier to drive

Put it into…..: this is how you talk about changing gears

  • Put it into 2nd
  • I put it into 5th as soon as possible on the motorway
  • Drop it into 2nd at this roundabout (to go from 3rd to 2nd)
  • Put it into drive
  • Put it into reverse
  • Put it into park

Step on the…: this is the verb used to talk about the various pedals in cars. You can also use hit.

  • Step on the brake
  • Step on the gas/accelerator a little more
  • Hit the brake

You can also use the verb to brake or accelerate:

  • I broke too late and ended up hitting the car in front
  • Accelerate to get past that car

Turn/put on things: there are many buttons on the dashboard. You turn/put on or turn off these things.

  • can you turn off the AC?
  • let’s put on the heating
  • should we put on the radio?
  • turn on your hazards here
  • Did you turn on your lights?
  • is the AC on?
  • You can turn your hazards off now
  • Can you turn that off?

You can also turn up/down these things too.

  • turn it down a bit
  • can you turn up the AC?
  • it’s roasting in here – I’m going to turn down the heating

Put the windows up/down: in the past, people also said wind the windows down but now, the verb is put.

  • Want to turn off the AC and put the windows down?
  • Can you put your window up? We’re on the highway now
  • Let’s put the windows down

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