Here are some of the main differences in vocabulary related to car and roads – between British and American English. This lesson intended as a guide only. Bear in mind that there can be differences in the choice of specific terms depending on dialect and region within both the USA and the UK.
|The trunk or boot of an automobile or car is the vehicle’s main storage compartment. Trunk is used in North American English and Jamaican English, while boot is used elsewhere in the English-speaking world – except in South Asia, where it is usually called a dickie.
|The hood or bonnet is the hinged cover over the engine of motor vehicles that allows access to the engine compartment for maintenance and repair. In British terminology, hood refers to a fabric cover over the passenger compartment of the car.
|Lights that blinks, especially a light that blinks in order to convey a message or warning.
|Rear view mirror
|A mirror on the outside of a car door that allows the driver to see the vehicles that are behind or overtaking
|A framed pane of usually curved glass or other transparent shielding located in front of the occupants of a vehicle to protect them from the wind.
|Put your foot down
|Step on the gas
|to hurry up; to make a vehicle go faster.
|A motor fuel is used to provide power to motor vehicles. Currently, the majority of motor vehicles worldwide are powered by gasoline, petrol or diesel.
|Car journey / drive
|A road trip / car journey is a journey taken on roads. Typically, road trips are long distances traveled by automobile.
|A raised or asphalted path for pedestrians at the side of a road.
|An area of road painted with broad white stripes, where vehicles must stop if pedestrians wish to cross.
|A dual-carriageway road designed for fast traffic, with relatively few places for joining or leaving.