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Here are some expressions commonly used in discussing cars and driving matters.

Listen to accelerator - (US: gas pedal) - a device, especially the gas pedal of a motor vehicle, for increasing speed
Listen to boot - (US trunk) - closed space at the back of a car for storing things in
Listen to brake - a device for slowing or stopping motion, as of a vehicle
Listen to clutch - the part of a car or truck that you press with your foot when you change gear
Listen to dashboard - a panel under the windshield of a vehicle, containing indicator dials, compartments, and sometimes control instruments
Listen to fuel gauge - (US: gas gauge) - an indicator of the amount of fuel remaining in a vehicle
Listen to gear stick - a lever used to change gear in a vehicle, also gear shift
Listen to glove compartment - a small storage container in the dashboard of an automobile; also called glove box
Listen to handbrake - (US emergency brake or parking brake) - a device operated by hand which locks into position and prevents a vehicle from moving
Listen to horn - a device on a vehicle that is used to make a loud noise as a warning or signal to other people
Listen to ignition - the electrical system in an engine that causes the fuel to burn or explode in order to start the engine
Listen to indicator - turn signal lever (US)
Listen to milometer - also odometer; an instrument that indicates distance travelled by a vehicle
Listen to passenger seat - a seat next to the driver’s seat
Listen to rear-view mirror - a mirror, such as one attached to a motor vehicle, that provides a view of what is behind
Listen to seat belt - a safety strap designed to hold a person securely in a seat, as in a motor vehicle
Listen to speedometer - an instrument for indicating speed
Listen to steering wheel - a wheel in a vehicle which the driver turns in order to make the vehicle go in a particular direction
Listen to sun visor - a flap at the top of a vehicle´s windscreen that can be lowered to shield the driver´s eyes from the sun´s rays
Listen to tachometer - measuring instrument for indicating speed of rotation
Listen to windscreen - transparent screen (as of glass) to protect occupants of a vehicle
Listen to windscreen wiper - also windshield wiper - are used to clean the windshield of a car so that the driver has an unobstructed view of the road
Listen to wing mirror - side mirror (US); a rear-view mirror attached to the wing or more commonly the side, of a motor vehicle

Now we put new vocabulary into context, so you can see how you might use these terms yourself. The expressions are in boldface in the text.

Listen to The driver blew or sounded his horn.
Listen to In countries that require the use of seat belts by all drivers and front-seat passengers, the failure to use it is a violation that carries a small fine.
Listen to Today a steering wheel is a complex electronic device that allows the driver to control a vast amount of car settings.
Listen to Kathy braked to avoid hitting the cat.
Listen to The most common use for an automobile emergency brake is to keep the vehicle motionless when it is parked.
Listen to Sometimes a wing mirror is called a side-view mirror, although the purpose of the mirror is to help the driver see to the vehicles rear, not its sides.
Listen to A rear-view mirror is a functional type of mirror found on automobiles and other vehicles, designed to allow the driver to see the area behind the vehicle through the back window.


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