“Driving Lessons”



Pre-Listening Question

What are the steps to get a driver’s license in your country? Do people take lessons at a school, or do they learn from family and friends? 

Vocabulary and Expressions

Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:

break the law (verb): do something illegal
– If you break the law, you may face fines or other penalties.

backseat driver (noun): someone who gives unwanted advice to the driver to control where they go
– Hey. Stop being a backseat driver. I know how to drive.

stress someone out (phrasal verb): make someone feel very nervous or worried
– My parents always stress me out when I drive. They always think I’m going to get in an accident.

wreck (noun): a serious accident
– Three weeks ago, we were in a terrible wreck when a truck lost control on the highway and ran into us.

luck out (phrasal verb): succeed by luck
– You lucked out when the police officer only gave you a warning for speeding.

Listening Comprehension Questions

Now, watch the interview and answer the comprehension questions. You can also turn on the automatically-generated captions for the video once you start it.

Conversation Questions

What are basic driving rules for these situations, and what is the penalty for violating these laws?

  • legal driving age
  • speed limits in the city, in school zones, and on the highway
  • seatbelts for adults and children
  • wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle
  • right of way when coming to a four-way stop (in other words, which car proceeds first)

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