Americanisms 101: Driving Terminology (Part 1 of 3)

This is part 1 of a 3 part series of how to decipher British to American English from car parts to rules of the road and other terminology from A to Zed.

Just as an American relocating to the U.K. will need to learn many new words and phrases, we’ve put together a list of common driving terms and phrases to help you get around more easily in the U.S.

In the U.S. a Roundabout is called a Traffic Circle

US: PARKING LOT | UK: CAR PARK

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US: OVERPASS | UK: FLYOVER

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US: 4-WAY STOP | UK: CROSSROADS

Dodge Charger Hellcat Engine

US: YIELD | UK: GIVE WAY 

Dodge Charger Hellcat Wheel

US: IDLE | UK: TICKOVER

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US: ROAD TRIP | UK: CAR JOURNEY 

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US: CROSSWALK UK: ZEBRA CROSSING

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I’m sure we’ve missed a few? Let us know in the comment section below.

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