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To drive, or to operate a vehicle

back up

to make a car go backwards

belt up

to put on a seat belt in a car

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, plane etc

bus

verb

to take someone somewhere by bus

bypass

verb

to avoid the centre of a town or city by using a road that goes round it

carry

verb

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

carve up

to drive past another car that is travelling 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 pedalling with your legs

corner

verb

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

cruise

verb

to travel at a steady speed in a car or plane

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

cut up

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

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 drive a particular type of vehicle regularly

drive

verb

to get somewhere by driving a car

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

freewheel

verb

to move on a bicycle without moving the pedals, or to move in a car without switching on the engine, usually down a slope

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 that you intend to change direction 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 jump-start a car

jump-start

verb

to start a car by connecting its engine to another car’s engine with jump leads

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

overhaul

verb

to reach a person or vehicle moving in front of you, and then go past them, especially in sports competitions. A more usual word is overtake.

overtake

verb

to go past another vehicle that is travelling in the same direction

pass

verb

to overtake another vehicle that is travelling in the same direction

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

push-start

verb

to push a car in order to make it start

rev

verb

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

reverse

verb

to go backwards 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 whether a vehicle works well by driving it on the road

run

verb

to own and use a motor vehicle

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 backwards, 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 travelling along in order to go along another one that leads away from it

turning circle

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

car-pool

verb

downshift

noun

jump start

noun

test-drive

verb

be on someone’s tail

to drive very close behind another car

burn rubber

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

change gear/gears

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

dip your lights/headlights

to make the lights at the front of your car point downwards

do a ton

to drive at 100 miles an hour

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 bends

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