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"be a drag" = something that is annoying

"Waiting in long lines to get your driver's license is such a drag."

"drive someone up the wall" = make someone angry or really upset

"Your careless driving is driving me up the wall. Slow down and think."

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Driver's License
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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mediumdrivingconversationman, woman, teenage girl 02:28

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are some basic rules of the road you can share with inexperienced drivers to help them avoid accidents or traffic accidents? Are there traffic rules that are specific to different countries?

HELPFUL TIP: Like operating any new electronic device or piece of machinery, learning to drive a car takes time to gain experience. Try practicing your skills on less busy roads and in good weather conditions to get your started.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and select the best title for each news story. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Why is the girl excited at the beginning of the conversation?
A. She has just started driver's education classes at school.
B. She is taking her driver's license road test today.
C. She has her license and wants to drive now.

2. Which statement is an example of why the father created rule number 1?
A. Young drivers sometimes drink and drive.
B. Teenagers often drive at high speeds.
C. Some kids drive before obtaining a license.

3. Why does the father ask the daughter not to drive at night?
A. The roads tend to become icy and slippery.
B. It is more difficult to see obstacles in the road.
C. The girl might fall asleep at the wheel.

4. Why does the daughter dismiss, or not take seriously, rule number 4?
A. The father doesn't obey the rule either.
B. The rule is an old traffic law that has changed.
C. The girl tells the dad the rule doesn't apply to her.

5. How does the conversation end?
A. The father and daughter get in a big fight.
B. The girl persuades the father to let her drive the car.
C. The mom decides to drive the daughter to school.

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II3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

What would be the possible advantages and disadvantages of allowing teenagers (between the ages of 15-18) to drive legally in your area?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
The laws for getting a driver's license vary from place to place throughout the world. Search the Internet and find out information on the specific laws for obtaining a license in your country and the steps to get one. At what age can you get a license? Are different types of licenses issued for driving certain vehicles including motorcycles and large trucks?

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