Have you ever dreamed of a road trip across the USA? In most English-speaking countries, driving is very common and getting one's license is often seen as a rite of passage.

In the tables below, you'll find lots of phrases that will be useful when talking about driving. Have a look and expand your English knowledge!

Learning How to Drive

Many teenagers in English-speaking countries dream of when they are finally able to get their license. The phrases in the table below will be helpful when talking about this important life step.
Do you have your driver's license yet?
 
I only have my permit.
 
How many times have you been driving so far?
 
Do you know how to drive stick-shift?
 
My driving test is next month.
 
I have to go and get my license renewed.
 
I haven't practiced driving on the highway yet.
 
 

Talking about Road Safety

There are lots of rules to follow when it comes to driving on public roads and highways. These phrases will be useful when talking about them!
I always buckle my seatbelt.
 
Always keep a safe distance to other cars.
 
I always come to a full stop at stop signs.
 
Pay attention to all road signs.
 
You are not supposed to text and drive.
 
It's illegal to drink and drive.
 
I got a ticket for speeding.
 
We have to pull over for the ambulance.
 
 

Talking about Car Problems

Sometimes cars can give you trouble and it's important to be able to identify and fix the problems. These phrases will help you describe car problems.
My tank is nearly empty.
 
I have a flat tire.
 
Can you get the jack out of the trunk?
 
My right tail light isn't working.
 
The AC is broken.
 
My engine is making a weird noise.
 
The check engine light is flashing.
 
I need an oil change.
 
 

Answers to the Most Common Questions

What are the most essential English phrases for talking about driving?
  • Do you have your driver's license yet?
  • I always buckle my seatbelt.
  • It's illegal to drink and drive.
  • My tank is nearly empty.
  • Do you know how to drive stick-shift?
  • We have to pull over for the ambulance.
  • I have a flat tire.
  • My engine is making a weird noise.
What do you have to do to get a license?
License requirements are different depending on what country you are in. In the USA you have to be 16, pass a written exam, drive with a learner's permit for one year, and then pass a final driving test with a police officer. In the UK you have to be 17 years old, pass a written exam, and then a final practical exam.
What are some of the most important things to keep in mind when driving in English-speaking countries?
If you decide to drive a vehicle while in an English-speaking country, the most important thing to do is follow all road safety laws of that specific country. Every country has their own laws, so it's important to look them up if you decide to go driving. You'll also want to pay attention to road signs, like stop signs and speed limit signs, as well as which side of the road everyone drives on. For example in Canada and the United States everyone drives on the right, but in the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand everyone drives on the left.