Car and driving idioms: part one

Car and Driving Idioms

This post is the first of two posts about car and driving idioms.  It is aimed at higher level students (At the end is a vocabulary check)

Hit the road = start a journey or leave a place

‘We should really hit the road if we want to get home before dark!’


Cut someone up = to suddenly drive in front of another driver making him or her slow down.

‘Did you see that idiot cut me up!’


Live life in the fast lane = describes someone who lives an active life often taking risks.

‘Pete was only fifty when he died. But, then he’d always lived life in the fast lane.’


To take someone for a ride = to deceive* someone. To lie and make them believe something that is not true because you want them to do something for you.

‘Tom realised he had been taken for a ride when the Ming vase he bought on ebay turned out* to be fake.’


The end of the road = when something, usually a relationship or business deal is over.Driving idioms at The English Tower End of the road

‘After a year of dating*, Sarah and James realised they had come to the end of the road and it was time to move on.’


Drive a hard bargain = want a lot from someone who is buying something or doing something for you

‘The salesman drove a hard bargain but I managed to get a couple of hundred pounds off the price of this car.’


Hit and run = This is when a driver hits another car or a pedestrian* and does not stop but drives away.

‘The police are looking for a hit and run driver following an incident* in the High Street at midnight last night.’


Off the beaten track = If somewhere is ‘off the beaten track’ it is a long distance from any main roads or towns.

‘The hotel was a bit off the beaten track and it took us ages to find it.’


In the driving seat = Someone ‘in the driving seat’ is in control of the situation.

‘The office was in chaos* when the manager was on holiday. Now she’s back and in the driving seat again things are much better.’


Carpool (noun and verb) = when drivers journey together in the same car.

‘Carpooling saves petrol and helps the environment.*’


Did you know you can drive someone




Round the bend

Round the twist

Up the wall

If you do, it means that you are really annoying them.

‘The kids have driven me up the wall today. They’ve drawn on my papers and fought with each other all day.’

‘That music from next door is driving me crazy. I’m calling the police.’

‘Can you hear that noise? I don’t know where it’s coming from. It’s driving me round the twist.’

Car and Driving Idioms Vocabulary Check:

deceive = to make someone believe something that is not true.

turn out = something happened with a particular result. ‘The day started badly but it turned out ok in the end.’

dating = when a couple go out together on ‘dates’ usually because they are interested in a romantic relationship

pedestrian = a person walking on the street.

incident = (formal) an event in which something happens. ‘There was an incident in the restaurant last night. One of the cookers caught fire.’

chaos = confusion, no order

environment = nature (land, air, water around us)


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