British English vs American English -- Car & Road Vocabulary

source: Learn English with Let's Talk  2014年5月13日

Boot Trunk
The trunk or boot of an automobile or car is the vehicle's main storage compartment. Trunk is used in North American English, while boot is used elsewhere in the English-speaking world -- except in South Asia, where it is usually called a dickie.

Bonnet Hood
The hood or bonnet is the hinged cover over the engine of motor vehicles that allows access to the engine compartment for maintenance and repair. In British terminology, hood refers to a fabric cover over the passenger compartment of the car.

Indicators Blinkers
Lights that blinks, especially a light that blinks in order to convey a message or warning.

Wing mirror Rear view mirror
A mirror on the outside of a car door that allows the driver to see the vehicles that are behind or overtaking

Windscreen Windshield
A framed pane of usually curved glass or other transparent shielding located in front of the occupants of a vehicle to protect them from the wind.

Put your foot down Step on the gas

to hurry up; to make a vehicle go faster.

Petrol Gas

A motor fuel is used to provide power to motor vehicles. Currently, the majority of motor vehicles worldwide are powered by gasoline, petrol or diesel.

Car journey / drive Road trip

A road trip / car journey is a journey taken on roads. Typically, road trips are long distances traveled by automobile.

Pavement Roadway

A raised or asphalted path for pedestrians at the side of a road.

Zebra Crossing Crosswalk

An area of road painted with broad white stripes, where vehicles must stop if pedestrians wish to cross.

Motorway Expressway/Interstate

A dual-carriageway road designed for fast traffic, with relatively few places for joining or leaving.