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"cut someone off" = pull in front of someone

"The instructor failed me because I cut someone off on the highway."

"fender bender" = very minor car accident

"The slick roads caused a number of fender benders this morning."

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

Driving Road Test
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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mediumdriver educationconversation two men02:08

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are some basic rules of the road you need to know when taking a road test to obtain a driver's license in your country? How about where you live now? Think about topics such as parking, speeding, passing, yielding the right of way, and obeying traffic signs and signals.

HELPFUL TIP: Learning about defensive driving is key to safe driving. If you're planning on taking a driving road test, be sure you have practiced under many different conditions including at night, in bad weather, and in snow.

Can using a credit card be a dangerous thing?

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
I. Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Where has the man been practicing for his road test this past week?
A. at a driving school
B. on streets around town
C. at home

2. In what part of town do they begin the road test?
A. in a commercial area
B. in a residential district
C. in a school zone

3. What was the situation with the vehicle in front of them?
A. Mr. Smith is following too closely.
B. The driver of the other car is tailgating them.
C. The car ahead of them is driving below the speed limit.

4. What did Mr. Smith almost hit in the road?
A. another vehicle
B. a person
C. a street sign

5. What does the driving officer suggest Mr. Smith do at the end of the conversation?
A. He should come back on Friday to take the test.
B. He had better take more driving lessons before trying the test again.
C. He ought to take the test with another driving officer.

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen again and identify the possible mistakes or careless behavior Mr. Smith committed during his driving test. What are the possible consequences of each action? What should you know before selecting a driving school (e.g., cost, length of course, safety record, etc.)? Shop around on the Internet for the best course based on your needs.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

What are the possible advantages of taking a drivers education course online instead of attending a traditional driving school? Go online and collect information on the cost, types of classes available, and the length of time it takes to complete such courses.

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