|intermediate||driver’s license||man, woman, teenage girl||02:28|
Many people want a driver’s license, but they might not be prepared to have one. 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?
“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.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Daughter: Nothing. I got my driver's license. Okay. Bye.
Father: Teenagers often lack the judgment to drive responsibly, especially when several teenagers are involved. I mean they speed, they joyride, they cruise around town way past midnight.
Father: Okay, rule number three: You can't drive long distances at night because you might get drowsy and drive off the road. But driving to the movie theater is fine.
Father: And rule number four: You should never use a cell phone while driving. That could cause an accident. Daughter: But YOU do. Father: That's different.
Father: Okay, but drive carefully and don't forget to fill up the car with gas before you come home. [Bye. Love ya guys.] Okay. Hon, do you think I did the right thing?
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
What would be the possible advantages and disadvantages of allowing teenagers (between the ages of 15-18) to drive legally in your area?
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?