Common Driving Expressions used in Everyday English | Learn English Vocabulary

Driving is fun, isn’t it? Why not learn some Common driving English expressions used in Everyday spoken English. In this English speaking practice lesson with Niharika, you will learn some some useful English vocabulary and phrases related to driving. You are watching this English lesson on Let’s Talk – Free English speaking course to speak fluent English. This Spoken English lesson is ideal for beginners and advanced English students as it covers the common English verbs and phrasal verbs used while driving a car. We hope this English class will benefit you in learning English vocabulary and help you improve your English communication. At Let’s Talk, we have more than 1300 plus free English lesson which are divided into separate English courses and sub topics such as, English grammar, Accent Training modules, English conversation lessons, IELTS training and coaching, Tips to learn English, Job interview question and answers and much more to enhance your English speaking and speak English for the real world.

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Are you a good driver? And if you are, are you good at the phrases that English speakers use while driving? Well that what we are gonna learn in today’s lesson. We are gonna look at some expressions that people use while driving. Hi friends, I am Niharika and welcome back to a new lesson. So what do you have to say about your driving skills? Well in today’s lesson we are not looking at someone’s driving skills, but what we are gonna learn are some expressions that people use while driving. So we have 10 expressions for you that you can use while you are driving. So let’s get started, the first one that I have for you is Buckle up. Now what does this exactly mean? The moment you sit in the car and before you start driving, It’s important for you as a driver and as well as for the passengers to buckle up, which means to put your seat belt on. There’s another expression that you can use instead of using buckle up, which is fasten your seat belt. So it’s either buckle up or you can also use its time to fasten your seat belt, okay? Let’s move on to another one which is pull out. Now when do you use this? Now when you have your car parked in a parking space, usually I have come across people saying, “Uh, it’s gonna be difficult for me to remove the car.” Well you are not gonna actually pick up your car and remove it out, right? So that is incorrect. Rather than saying “How will I remove the car?” Or “I’m just removing the car out of the parking space”, you will use, “I am pulling out the car” okay? So usually when you have to take out your car from the parking space and you start driving, the correct expression to say that you are taking out your car is, I’m gonna pull out.” oaky? So pull out means to take out the car out of the parking place, okay? The next one is pull over. Now usually when people want to stop their car at the side of the road, what do they end up saying? Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, well that’s incorrect. Well rather than saying, stop, stop or stop the car, a correct expression that you can use in English is pull over. So pull over means to park or to stop your car at the side of the road. Now you pull over your car for various reasons, probably you have to answer a call, well it’s not right to answer a call while driving, so pull over at the side of the road and then answer your call or probably just getting car sick and you wanna throw up, so you pull over at the side of the road. So pull over means, stop the car at the side of the road. Now this expression is also used when cops catch you, okay? When you break rules and when cops catch you, you use this expression by saying, “Uh, I have been pulled over.” okay? The next one is speed up. You are getting really late, so you think that your partner or your friend is driving really slow and you’re gonna be late. So you will use this expression, speed up. So speed up means to drive the car or to have the car go faster. We really need to speed up, we’ll miss the movie, okay? So you’re getting late and you want the driver to drive really fast, so you can say speed up. The next one is “slow down”, okay now probably the speed is scaring you, and you don’t want the driver to drive so fast. You want him to follow the speed limit and slow down. So to make the car slower, you can use this expression slow down, okay? Let’s move on to another one which is step on it”. Step on what? Well when you use this expression step on it, it means that you press your foot hard on the accelerator, in order to speed up, okay? In order to drive really fast, okay? So for example when you are racing with someone, it’s not a good habit though because it’s dangerous, but just in case when you are racing or you are getting really late, so either you can use the expression speed up or you can also say that I am gonna step on it or step on it please. So which means to press your foot hard, okay? To put your foot hard on the accelerator in order to drive fast, Okay? Let’s move on to the next expression “Slam the brakes on” Now what exactly does this mean, “Uh, slam the brakes on, right now.” So it means to stop the car suddenly, like maybe there is an emergency or may be a car was just gonna cut you off and you slam on the brake, which means you put your foot hard on the brakes so this is the right expression which you can use, when you have to stop your car suddenly. So to stop suddenly, slam the brakes on, okay? Let’s move on to another one which is to “Have a near miss” Oh my God, we had a near miss.” So which means that probably you were about bump into a car or you were to bump into a tree or you were just nearly gonna have a bad accident, but you are safe, nothing happened. So you will use the expression, “We had a near miss with that car.” So which means that probably you are just safe but it would have been a bad accident, okay? So when you just miss an accident, okay? And then we have “Cut me off”, “Did you see how that red car cut me off?” “Well when do you use this? When a car like ano… while you are driving another car just cuts you off just comes in front of your car, which is way too dangerous, it can cause an accident right? Like suddenly you are driving at a speed and suddenly a car just cuts you, comes in front of your car, and you have to slam the brakes on so that is when you use the expression, cut me off, “uh I didn’t like the way he cut me off” or did you see the red car cutting me off? That was so dangerous it was a near miss okay so you can just inter change using these expressions to sound confident. SO cut me off means, when a car comes in front of your car like suddenly it means that the car cuts you off. and then the last one that I have for you is “Indicate” well indicate is used when you use your flash lights or they are also called as blinkers and there is another term used which is signal. SO to indicate means that you are gonna turn on your flash lights or your blinkers or your signals in order to show that you are either gonna turn right or you are gonna turn to your left, okay? So to indicate is to give a signal to the cars which are following your car, okay? or the cars which are right behind you so you are informing you are trying to indicate that you are gonna turn right or probably you are gonna turn left, okay? So these are the ten common expressions that English speakers use while driving. So if you are great at driving, well along with your driving skills you know what the expressions that you can use while driving are. So I’ll be back with a new lesson soon till then you take care.

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