Podcast Episode 147 Driving

Driving in English

Parts of a Car

I used a picture from engineeringchoice.com to refer to parts of a car. I recommend clicking on the image and checking out their page. So much useful vocabulary here!


  • On and off (4:28) – Doing something sporadically. Sometimes doing it and sometimes not.
  • Bonnet (5:42) – The hood or the front part of a car under which you can usually find the engine
  • Windshield (6:15) – The large front window on the car
  • Boot (6:29) – The back storage part of a car (US English: Trunk)
  • Indicators (7:30) – The flashing lights that show (indicate) which way your car will turn (US English: Blinkers)
  • Hazard (8:38) – A potential danger
  • A ball game (10:14) – An area, topic, or situation
  • Daunting (12:16) – Appearing scary to do
  • To collide (12:52) – To crash, impact
  • Road rage (14:49) – To get really angry while driving
  • To beep (a horn) (15:41) – To press the button that makes a sound in your car
  • To curb (17:24) – To control or restrict something
  • Kerb (17:46) – The part of a path that meets the road
  • Back seat driving (18:33) – To sit in a passenger seat and tell the driver what to do
  • To accelerate (18:41) – To go forward or faster in a car
  • Pedal (20:39) – Something you push your food on to make a machine move or work
  • Pedestrian (22:18) – Someone walking, not in a car
  • Right of way – When a car has the legal right to drive without needing to let other cars cut in front

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4 thoughts on “#147 Driving a Car in English”

  1. Hi first, thanks for your great podcast, I learned some interesting vocabulary from your podcast, I recommend you to make recommendation books for English learners, so that we can develop our reading skills and improve our vocabulary at the same time.

    1. Hi Marwa, thanks for listening! I’m glad you learnt a lot from it.
      I’ve made a podcast episode about books before (#78), and I do get this request a lot, but honestly I don’t think there’s much I can say. I don’t know many books suitable for English learners because I’m not an English learner, so I don’t read any. The only one I’ve used in my lessons is “Short Stories” by Olly Richards.
      I think choosing reading material is generally a personal choice. Find something that is suitable for your level, but also something you enjoy. If I were to recommend a specific book, it probably wouldn’t be ideal for most people. I hope you understand 🙂

  2. Hello there !✨
    It’s my first time to leave a comment here, I would like to say that i have been started listening to this podcast for IELTS exam but now I think even if finished from the exam i will keep listening for this podcast (because it’s always giving me a positive energy, and thank you for that) , I can’t wait for the next episode. 💬🌿

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