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20 -- 20/20 hindsight
having a better understanding of the way something should have been done after it has already occurred

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Word List: Driving in the USA

sharing a ride in a car or other vehicles with others

Carpooling is trending because the price of gas is so high. (and) I'm in a carpool with three other students. (and) I don't really like to carpool because it can take more time.

carpool lane

Word List: Driving in the USA

the freeway or highway car lane that is used by carpoolers or for vehicles that carry lots of people

Carpool lanes can save me time and money, and it can help the environment as well.


Word List: Driving in the USA

a required stop where police or patrol officers check one’s alcohol level

On New Year’s Eve there are always checkpoints throughout the country.

child abduction

Word List: Driving in the USA

a child that has illegally been taken from his/her parent(s), a relative, someone s/he knows, or a stranger

Did you just see the Amber alert?  I think I know the child who has been abducted.


Word List: Driving in the USA

short for police officer

Slow down! There’s a cop behind us!

defensive driving

Word List: Driving in the USA

being alert and carefully watching out for the actions made by other drivers

When I was old enough to drive, my parents enrolled me in a defensive driving course.  Now that I’ve been driving for a few years, I know that driving defensively can definitely prevent an accident from happening.

designated driver/DD

Word List: Driving in the USA

one person who agrees to drive in case the others are drinking alcohol


Mark:  Who’s 'gonna' be the designated driver? 

Jordan:  I’ll do it this time.

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distracted driving

Word List: Driving in the USA

doing more than driving, such as eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cell phone, etc.

I don’t like driving anywhere near a distracted driver.  It can be dangerous.


Word List: Driving in the USA

Department of Motor Vehicles – where you go when you need documentation related to your car, motorcycle, and other forms of transportation

I need to go to the DMV today to take the driving test.  I sure hope I pass!


Word List: Driving in the USA

places where you can buy food while you are in your car

If I'm in a hurry, I usually go to a drive-thru.