Cars, Vehicles, Automobiles and Traffic expressions and discussion exercise

The following lesson idea is about cars and traffic.

This is specific to Australia but it is easily adapted. By choosing the theme of cars and driving you can create a lesson centred around learning some of these terms. Discussing what some of the slang words mean will help your student practice their English. And if your student is wanting a driving license in your area this would be especially useful to them.

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Ask what type of car they drive and whether they've had any difficulties driving in their area. Discussing this would allow for a neat segue to the lesson. Go through the sheet with them and find out whether they know this vocabulary. Where a phrase or word is found to be unfamiliar, talk about it by giving example sentences.

If your student finds that most of the words or phrases are unfamiliar it would be best to only spend 30-40 minutes on this lesson Give the unfinished list to your student to take home and look through themselves as homework.

If this sheet is completed quickly, practice and discuss the dialogue below. Substitute local slang if necessary!
Expressions

traffic jam
gridlock
bumper to bumper
hold ups
road rage
out of gas
out of petrol
run out of petrol
empty
U-ie
doing up the road
peak hour
bend
overpass
backstreets
dogs leg
dogs hind leg
dog leg 
prang
crash
pull up
go flat out
belt up
stack
bomb
lemon
road users
roadworthy
stall the engine
stalled
roll back
drag racing
street racing

The Car

lock up
unlock
crook lock
steering lock
central locking
car keys
bonnet
lights
battery
motor
registered
seat belt
mirrors
windscreen
windscreen wipers
clutch
gears
footbrake
handbrake
steering wheel
accelerator
vehicle
car
blinkers
neutral
blind spot
signal
air bags
boot
trunk (U.S.)
glove compartment
glove box
tow truck

People and Driving

driver
pedestrian
police
police officer
policeman
policewoman
cop
coppers
traffic warden
traffic cop
breath test
breathalyzer
park
parking
parking inspector
parking meter
parking tickets
reverse park
parallel parking
angle reverse park
mount the kerb
three point turn
roundabout
oncoming traffic
adjacent vehicle

Traffic References

traffic lights
stop signs
turn left
turn right
one way
two way
four way
threeway
freeway
highway
merge
median strip
intersection
crossing
kerb
lane
traffic dome
Provisional license
demerit points
speed camera
red light camera
license
P plate driver
L plate driver
number plates
RTA
Roads and Traffic Authority
Hump (bump in the road)
Slippery When Wet
Green Slip
Pink Slip

Fun Practice and Discussion
Girl: After you take the dogs hind leg and go down the main thoroughfare, turn left then cross the main road. The pub is on the left. Donít forget, when crossing the road: look left, then right, then left again.
Guy: Why?
Girl: If you donít you might be hit by a car.
Guy: Why? Canít they see me?
Girl: No. Drivers donít usually think that someone is going to walk out in front of them. Theyíve usually put the pedal to the metal or even put the foot through the floor.
Guy: Sounds dangerous just to cross the road. I think Iíd better drive there!
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