Cars and Driving

Cars and driving - French vocabulary
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Les autos et la conduite

Driving comes with a whole mess of rules (that I can’t help you with) as well as some specialized French vocabulary (which I can). Learn how to drive in French with this vocab list.

car une voiture, une auto
accelerator un accélérateur
un champignon
 
(inf)
battery un accumulateur
brake lights les feux de stop(m)
brakes les freins(m)
clutch l’embrayage(m)
headlights les phares(m)
high beams les feux de route
license plate la plaque d’immatriculation
steering wheel le volant
stick shift la boîte manuelle
tire
flat tire
 un pneu
un pneu crevé
turn signal le clignotant
windshield un pare-brise
windshield wipers les essuie-glaces
   
fuel le carburant
diesel le gasoil
le gazole
gas, petrol
regular
premium
 de l’essence
de l’essence ordinaire

du super
(f)
 
 
gas station une station-service
   
   Notes
broken-downen panne  
driverun conducteur faux ami of "conductor"
driver’s licenseun permis de conduire A on a car stands for apprenti conducteur – "newly qualified driver."
highwayune autoroute  
hitchhikingl’auto-stop (m) (masculine)
mechanicun garagiste  
motorbikeune moto apocope of motocyclette
on the wayen route  
one-way streetune rue à sens unique  
right of wayla priorité  
rolling blockadeune opération escargot  
roundaboutun rond-point  
stop lights
red light
yellow/amber light
green light
les feux
le feu rouge
le feu orange
le feu vert
  
stop signle panneau stop  
streetla rue 
traffic jamun embouteillage  
tripune excursion  
tollun péage une autoroute à péage – toll road
transportationle transport 
U-turnun demi-tour lesson: faire (un) demi-tour
    
VerbsVerbes (click for conjugations)
to brakefreiner  
to break downêtre / tomber en panne
to crosstraverser  
to driveconduire
rouler
 transitive
intransitive
to engage the clutch
to disengage the clutch
embrayer
débrayer
  
to fill it upfaire le plein lesson: faire le plein
to go, movecirculer in regard to cars and traffic
to go on tripsexcursionner  
to hitchhikefaire de l’auto-stop  
to parkstationner
se garer
 
to passdoubler 
to put in reverseenclencher la marche arrière
to shift gearschanger de vitesse  
to turntourner 

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