Cars and driving

driving license (driver’s license US) – to take/pass a driving test
brake, handbrake, clutch – embrague, accelerator, gas pedal (US), baby seat, seatbelt, boot (UK) / trunk (US), bonnet (UK) / hood (US), steering Wheel – volante,
windscreen (UK) / windshield (US), rear window, rear-view mirror, wing mirror, number plate (UK) / license plate (US), jack – gato, puncture – pinchazo, tyre (UK) / tire (US) – neumático, airbags, GPS (Global Positioning System), bumper (UK) / fender (US) – parachoques / paragolpes, to reverse – dar marcha atrás, to put it in gear, gears, stick shift (US) – cambio manual, exhaust (pipe) – tubo de escape, (spare) tyre, headlights – faros, indicator – intermitente, car horn / hooter – claxon

To double park
To give someone a lift / ride
to run someone to the station / To run someone over
Back seat driver
To put the peddle to the metal – to put your foot down – to step on the gas – to sink the boot – to give it some wellie

Expressions with drive:
To drive someone round the bend/mad – up the wall!
to drive a hard bargain
to drive the price up / down
to drive a point home
to be the driving force (the community of inglespodcast is the driving force behind our podcasts)
What are you driving at?
to be in the driving seat
drive the porcelain bus – To vomit profusely into the toilet, usually as the result of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
“John was driving the porcelain bus for the rest of the night after his seventh tequila shot.”
“My wife drove me to drink and I didn’t have the decency to thank her!” – WC Fields

How old were you when you got your licence? – How long have you been driving?
What do you remember about your driving test?
Have you ever had an accident?
Which countries drive on the left? India, Ireland, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, Malta (more than 50!)
Romans drove on the left. France changed to the right first. The British Empire influence many countries to drive on the left.

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