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To drive, or to operate a vehicle

back up

to make a car go backward

block in

to stop someone from moving their car out of a place

box in

to surround a person or vehicle, so that they cannot move or leave a place

buckle up

to fasten your seat belt in a car, airplane, etc.

bus

verb

to take someone somewhere by bus

bypass

verb

to avoid the center of a town or city by using a road that goes around it

car-pool

verb

if a group of car owners car-pool, they agree to travel together to work, school, etc., so that only one car is used at a time

carry

verb

if a vehicle carries someone or something somewhere, it takes them there

carve up

to drive past another car that is traveling in the same direction as you and then move in front of it too soon

change down

to start driving in a lower gear

change up

to start driving in a higher gear

chauffeur

verb

to drive a rich and important person around in their car as your job, usually wearing a special uniform

coast

verb

to continue to move in a car or on a bicycle after you have switched off the engine or have stopped pedaling with your legs

corner

verb

if a car corners, it moves around a corner or curve in the road

cruise

verb

to travel at a steady speed in a car or airplane

cut in

to drive past a vehicle and move quickly in front of it in a dangerous way

cut out

to suddenly leave a line of traffic and join another one

deadhead

verb

to drive a train or bus that is carrying no passengers or goods on it

decelerate

verb

to move, progress, or drive more slowly

downshift

verb

to change to a lower gear when driving a car

drive

verb

to control a vehicle so that it moves somewhere

drive

verb

to know how to drive a vehicle

drive

verb

to get somewhere by driving a car

drive

verb

to drive a particular type of vehicle regularly

drive off

if a vehicle or driver drives off, the vehicle starts moving and leaves

drive up

if a vehicle or driver drives up, the vehicle moves near to a person or place and stops

ferry

verb

to take someone by car to different places

fetch

verb

to go to where someone is and bring them home, especially in your car

floor

verb

to press the accelerator of a vehicle down to the floor in order to increase its speed

gun

verb

to make a car engine work very quickly by pressing your foot on the accelerator

gun

verb

to start driving a car very fast

handle

verb

if a vehicle handles well or badly, it is easy or difficult to control

handling

noun

the handling of a vehicle is how easy it is to control

hypermiling

noun

the act of driving using methods that are intended to use fuel in the most efficient way without wasting any

indicate

verb

to signal a turn in a vehicle by using an indicator

jam on the brakes/jam the brakes on

to put your foot very suddenly and hard on the brake of a vehicle because you want to stop quickly

jump

verb

to start a car by connecting it to another car

jump-start

verb

to start a car by connecting its engine to another car’s engine with jumper cables

lean on

to press the horn of a car in a determined way

low gear

noun

any of the gears that you use when you are driving slowly or up a hill

motoring

adjective

relating to cars or the activity of driving them

move off

if a vehicle moves off, it starts to move

overtake

verb

to pass another vehicle

pass

verb

to go past another vehicle

peel out

to suddenly make a car start moving very quickly so that it makes a lot of noise

pick up

to take someone who is waiting by the road into your vehicle and take them somewhere

pull away

if a vehicle or driver pulls away, they start to move

pull in

if a vehicle or driver pulls in somewhere, they stop there

pull into

if a vehicle or driver pulls into a place, they stop there

pull off

if a vehicle or driver pulls off a road, they stop by the side of it

pull out

if a vehicle or driver pulls out, they move onto a road or onto a part of a road where the traffic is moving faster

pull over

if a vehicle or driver pulls over, they stop by the side of the road

pull up

if a vehicle or driver pulls up, they stop

rev

verb

if you rev an engine, or if it revs, you press the gas pedal with your foot when the vehicle is not moving in order to make the engine operate faster

reverse

verb

to go backward in a vehicle, or to make a vehicle do this

road test

noun

a test to check whether a vehicle works well, done by driving it on the road

road-test

verb

to test something, especially a vehicle, to check that it works well on the road

run

verb

to take someone somewhere in your car

set down

to stop a vehicle so that a passenger can get out

shift

verb

to change from one gear to another when you are driving a car

speed

verb

to drive a car faster than the fastest speed legally allowed

spin

verb

to go somewhere quickly in a car, on a bicycle, etc.

steer

verb

to control the direction in which a vehicle moves

tailgate

verb

to drive very close to the vehicle in front of you

three-point turn

noun

a way of turning your car around in which you turn and drive to face one side of the road, then drive backward, and then turn and drive in the direction that you came from

throttle up

to increase the speed of a vehicle by increasing the supply of fuel to the engine

tool

verb

to drive a vehicle, especially in a relaxed way or without any specific purpose

turn off

to leave the road that you are traveling along in order to go along another one that leads away from it

turning circle

noun

a turning radius

turning radius

noun

the smallest amount of space in which a vehicle can move in a complete circle

U-turn

noun

an act of turning a vehicle in order to travel in the opposite direction

yield

verb

to allow another vehicle to go before you when you are driving

defog

verb

downshift

noun

jump start

noun

test-drive

verb

burn rubber

in a car, to accelerate so fast that the wheels spin and smoke comes off the tires

change gear/gears

to start using a different gear when you are driving a car or riding a bicycle

do doughnuts

to make your car spin in tight circles, especially on ice

give way

to allow another vehicle to go before you when you are driving. The usual American word is yield

hang a left/right

to turn left or right when you are driving

hang a U-ey

to do a u-turn (=in which you turn a vehicle round to face the opposite direction)

hold the road

if a vehicle holds the road well, it is easy to control, even when you drive fast around curves

jump the curb

if a vehicle or driver jumps the curb, they drive up onto the sidewalk

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