Driving
Do you like driving? When was the last time you drove? Is driving common in your country? Is it hard to learn to drive? Will you drive more in the future?
Vocabulary
  • Shut away (phrasal verb) - to put something in a place where other people cannot see it or get it.
  • So to speak (phrase) - used to explain that what you are saying is not to be understood exactly as stated.
  • Route (noun) - a particular way or direction between places.
  • Driving test (noun) - a test of someone's ability to drive a car, which they must pass in order to get a driving licence.
  • Motion sickness (noun) - a feeling of being ill, especially of needing to vomit, that some people get in a moving vehicle.
  • Deprived (adj.) - not having the things that are necessary for a pleasant life, such as enough money, food, or good living conditions.
  • Uncommon (adj.) - not seen, happening, or experienced often.
  • Rite (noun) - (a usually religious ceremony with) a set of fixed words and actions.
  • Adept (adj.) - having a natural ability to do something that needs skill.
  • To retake (verb) - to take an exam again because you failed it the first time.
  • Drive sb up the wall (idiom) - to make someone extremely angry.
Questions and answers
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M: Rory, so let's talk about driving. Do you like driving?

R: I haven't driven myself in about 10 years. Though, I like being driven places. It's less work and I can shut away or relax while someone else does the heavy lifting, so to speak.

M: When was the last time you drove?

R: I have to think about that. I mean, if we mean as a passenger being driven somewhere, then it would probably be to the nursery this morning for my placement. As a driver though I imagine the route I took when I took and ultimately failed my first and last practical driving test.

M: Where do you like to sit in a car?

R: Well, ideally, wherever is the most comfortable. Usually, that's in the front passenger seats. Since I can avoid any motion sickness and speak to the person driving. That is unless it's a taxi, as I really hate speaking to taxi drivers. Sorry, any taxi drivers listening to us. But I just want to sit and listen to music when that happens.

M: Is driving common in your country?

R: I would say so, yes. I think most people where we live are car owners, or at least know how to drive. In more deprived areas that might be less so but it's not like cars are an uncommon sight even at that.

M: Is it hard to learn to drive?

R: Well, since I've yet to pass my test, I would certainly say so. I think it's a rite of passage that most people fail once actually. I'd need to check statistics on that, of course, but a few of my friends have failed their driving test the first time. Maybe we just aren't so adept at test-taking, to be honest.

M: Will you drive more in the future?
R: I hope so. After my teacher training course, I'm planning to retake my test and actually pass this time. It might be easier now that I'm a responsible adult and not a silly teenager.

M: Rory, thank you very much for your driving answers!

R: Hopefully they didn't drive you up the wall. Ha-ha-ha!
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