Phrasal Verbs Related To Driving

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Here you will learn 14 phrasal verbs related to driving. 

Always remember that some of the phrasal verbs have more than one meaning. So even though in this case they’re referring to driving they may have alternative or other meanings.

To help you boost your vocabulary and complete driving topic in English, don’t forget to check out Driving vocabulary in English. Here you can learn useful words and idioms.

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phrasal verbs related to driving

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I know how you all love your phrasal verbs, they’re very popular. Somebody asked me if I could include some phrasal verbs related to driving and things like that. So I’ve put together several phrasal verbs connected with driving.

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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

to back up

Meaning: to reverse


I take my car out of my driveway in the morning and back it up onto the street.

Back up a little bit. Turn left, turn right and head in that direction and you should find the place that you’re looking for.

to buckle up

Meaning: to put on your seat belt


Okay, kids, buckle up, and we’ll be on our way.

The buckle is the part of the seat belt that clicks click into the little holder. 

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to fill something up

Meaning: to put the petrol, diesel or gasoline in the fuel tank of your car


We need to go to the filling station on the way back and fill the tank up.

We’d better fill up. It is much more expensive if you pull into a filling station on the motorway.

to load something up

Meaning: to put packages or parcels or luggage or something big and bulky into the back of your car/van


We load up the trailer with our suitcases when we’re going on our holidays.

to slow down

Meaning: to take your foot off the accelerator and put your foot on the brake and to go down through the gears, to drive more slowly


You should slow down at a yield sign to ensure that there is no cross traffic. 

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to block somebody or something in

Meaning: to park in an awkward position that they cannot move


The police pulled up in front of me and blocked me in.

to pull out

Meaning: to indicate and enter the traffic lane or the line of traffic


She stopped for a moment to let the bus pull out.

to pull in

Meaning: to move out of the traffic flow and stop


He pulled in at the filling station.

Oh look, just pull in there, there’s a space there, I’ll hop out of the car quickly.

to pull over

Meaning: similar to pull in; to drive the car to get to the side of the road


Wait when I can pull over safely, then you can get out. 

14 phrasal verbs related to driving

to pull up

Meaning: to stop


All vehicles must pull up at the traffic lights.

to drop off

Meaning: to take someone to a place in a car


Can you drop me off at the bus stop?

Who’s going to drop the kids off at your mother’s so that she can look after them for the weekend?

to drive off

Meaning: to leave in a car


He dropped us off at the airport and drove off without even saying goodbye. 

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to cut in

Meaning: to make a sudden and quick movement to position your car in front of another car, often without indicating properly


The car that cut in front of me seemed to be out of control.

to tick over

Meaning: we use it to describe a car engine operating at an idle pace in neutral without your car moving


Letting your car tick over for 10 minutes generates a lot of emissions.

On a cold winter morning, you sit there with the engine ticking over and then gradually, the car will heat up.

So there are our phrasal verbs related to driving. Let me give them to you one more time:

to back up to buckle up to fill something up to load something up to slow down to block somebody in to pull out to pull in to pull over to pull up to drop someone off to drive off to cut in to tick over

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