Related Vocabulary • Manual • Automatic • Drunk driving • Fine • Speed limit • Learners licence • Restricted licence • Full license • Honk • Horn • GPS (Global Position System) • Seat belts • Hybrid cars • Rush hour • Car pooling
With a partner answer the following questions: • How old were you when you first learned to drive? • Was there anything difficult about learning to drive? • Who taught you to drive? • How long did it take you to learn to drive? • Can you drive a manual car? • Do you have a car? What kind is it? (manual or automatic) • Which do you like to drive best? A manual or an automatic?
Driving Phrases • To floor it “My friends told me to floor it so I could pass the slow truck ahead.” • To cruise “During the summer my friends and I like to cruise in my friend’s old Mustang.” • Slam on the brakes “The bus driver had to slam on the brakes when the boy crossed the street without looking.”
More Driving Phrases • To rev the engine “My neighbour was revving his engine all night and it kept me up.” • Hang a left/right “Hang a right at the next light and then hang a left onto Red Oaks.” • Tailgate “I get mad when someone tailgates me. I wish they’d go around me.”
More Driving Phrases • Get a flat “On the way home from school we got a flat and had to pull over. Luckily we had a spare tire.” • Road rage “There was an episode of road rage that occurred downtown last night. A man jumped out of his car and struck another driver after he was cut off.” • Run a light • “I got a ticket for running a light in Jarrell, TX.
Driving Phrases • Look at the following pictures. Describe them to your partner using the phrases we have just learnt.
Driving Phrases • Use the driving phrases to describe to your partner a time you had to: To floor it, to cruise, to slam on the brakes, to rev the engine, hang a left/right, tailgate, get a flat, road rage, run a light. • If you do not know how to drive you can talk about a situation when you saw one of the previous phrases mentioned occurred.
Can you guess what these photos are about? Describe each one to your partner.
Jokes About Women Drivers • Are there any jokes about women drivers in China? What are they? • According to insurance statistics women are better driver than men. • Do you agree?
The Dangers of Driving • Have you ever been in a car accident? • Have you ever been pulled over by the police? • What happened? • What are the speed limits in your country? • On what occasions do you honk your car horn? • Is it acceptable to honk in your country? • What are the laws about seat belts in your country?
Drunk Driving • Is drunk driving a problem in your country? • What kind of laws does your country have about drunk driving? • What is the penalty for drunk driving in your country? • Have you ever been (or) do you know anyone who has been in an accident related to drunk driving?
Accident Role Play • You were driving home from work and witnessed a traffic accident. You are calling 911 to report the accident and call for an ambulance. The operator will ask questions to get the following information:
Breaking Down • Is road side assistance common in your country? • Can you change a flat tire? • Do you know anything about fixing a car? • Who taught you to drive? • Was it pleasant or unpleasant? • Have you ever broken down and been stuck on the side of the road? Who helped you?
Cars of the Future • You are living in the year 2050. It is your task to create the design for a modern car that is both environmentally friendly and modern. With a partner describe this car then present your ideas to the class.
Hybrid Cars • Do you think that there is a relation between global warming and cars? • Have you ever seen a "hybrid" car? • What do you know about "hybrid" cars? • Do you really think that car manufacturers are interested in global warming?
various car brands. A Few Car Brands
Car Brands • Watch the video clip (15:20). • What is your dream car? What brand is it? What does it look like? Describe it to your partner. • Does the type of car a person drives tell us about the person who drives it? • What can we tell or imagine about a person by looking at the car they drive?
Final Speaking Topics • Have you ever bribed a policeman in your country after he pulled you over? • Is it common for traffic cops to accept bribes? • How are the traffic laws in your country? • Are they strict or lax? • Do most people follow the rules of the road?
Final Speaking Topics • What should be done in order to prevent traffic congestion in your city? • Is there any kind of rules to avoid traffic congestions? • How do you feel about spending time in your car during rush hour? • Do you think cars should be banned from city centres?
Final Speaking Topics • What are the advantages/disadvantages of buying a second-hand car? • Do you wash your car yourself or do you have it washed? • How often do you need to get your car repaired? • On what occasions do you honk your car horn? • Is it acceptable to honk in your country? • Do you like to drive or be driven? Why? • Is it easy to find parking? • Is parking expensive?