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    Vocabulary: let's drive carefully...


    An aspect of life in society touches almost everyone and is most important for our future and our children's. It is "being able to drive or cycle",  knowing the rules of the road. Road signs are progressively standardized so as to be understood in the whole world.

    BEWARE! In some countries, you have to drive on the left hand-side of the road, which is still quite difficult for many people.)

    In schools, children are taught the importance of these rules of the road, of the obligations and restrictions they HAVE TO respect at the risk of getting penalties: fines/tickets), having their driving licence suspended or cancelled or even imprisonment. Each driver has in mind, I hope, that the ultimate punishment is death, (the driver's or other people's...), which, alas, is much too frequent on our roads because of reckless driving...

    Here is the "basis" of these rules, which is common in the whole world. The colours of the signs are being generalized with "great trends":  red = used for what is forbidden; white= to give neutral information; green= information concerning roads and itineraries; blue= information concerning motorways and obligations; yellow= any indication about works on the road, detours, or any particular danger




    A driving licence /driver's license is delivered in very various ways in the different countries or states. Seldom does it have a permanent duration (it must be renewed every time you change addresses or states in the USA, and when you reach 70 in Great Britain, etc.) Once acquired, your licence may be suspended, cancelled and even revoked, then possibly reinstated. There's  a system of negative points kept on a driver's record, punishing infractions/offences proportional to their seriousness. There are also "limited driver's licences" given during a suspension (so as to enable the drivers to go to work).

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    A little important "technical" vocabulary:

     Speed limit
     = you can't drive faster
     A one-way road/street
     = there's only one direction
     Yield/ Give way 
     = let vehicles go before you 
     A detour = a temporary change of road
     To evade police control = a refusal to obey orders  A hit and run  = running away after an accident 
     A helmet = a protection on the driver's head   A warning-jacket = a very visible jacket
     A zebra (-crossing) = a place for pedestrians to cross  Traffic lights = lights at junctions
     Green, amber, red = the three colours of traffic lights
     To jump the lights = to advance when red
     DUI= Driving Under Influence
     = influence of alcohol or any drug  Failure of car insurance = not having a car insurance
     Dead end
     = leads nowhere
     To have the right of way 
     = you may go


    Here are a few signs forcing you to read a little...



                      Give way

              Caution (children playing)


                 Share the road

                                No entry

             Road work ahead


          Speed hump/ bump/ ramp

            Dangerous turn, reduced speed

            Entrance to a Motorway

    Elementary precautions on the road:

    1) Never drink and drive

    2) Avoid distractions

    3) Avoid drowsiness

    4) Always wear a seat belt

    5)  Stay calm (no "road rage" )

    6)  Behaving responsibly behind the wheel 

    The rules of the road, carefulness and sobriety, are fundamental and must be taught even more at school, and respected by the young generation (and the older ones). It's an educational problem. Our kids'  future lives depend on it. Please, repeat these rules and help them be known. It's a real challenge... a vital one!



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    1. On that particular day, Lucy was quite excited... Her abilities as were going to be tested. Arriving on the circuit, lots of were on the lanes...
    Lucy first put on a red and the compulsory yellow . Then, she started proudly and stopped at a , since children were crossing the lane. At the end of the road was a signal and Lucy stopped again: Other bikes were going round a roundabout and had ...
    Then, Lucy stopped again because the were and she knew she didn't have enough time to cross.
    Lucy had to go back a bit as the road she was going to take was a . She took the following street but cycling past a school, she had to slow down because of and then a sign saying . At the end of the test, Lucy was happy to get her proving she'll be a good and safe cyclist.

    2) I've heard that Mike had been arrested by the police because he had the traffic lights on Shepherd Lane. Then, to crown it all, he had forgotten his and was threatened to be taken to the police station if he didn't pay a £ 200 immediately. He thought he'd get away with it, but was given a and had his for a month.




         A railway road                                                         traffic lights                                                                    another railway road

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