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14 Words That Mean Something Completely Different When You're Driving - Aceable

14 Words That Mean Something Completely Different When You’re Driving

When you first start driver’s ed and begin driving, it seems like the books and jargon are a different language. Not everything makes sense, so it just all jumbles together. As you learn and get your license, eventually all of these road rules and words become a second language.

Here are a few words that mean something completely different when you’re driving. There will be a vocab test later, so read up, drivers.

1. Carpool

carpool

What everyone thinks it means: The act of picking up several people and dropping them off at the same location.

What it means when you’re driving: A whole lot of things happening in one car and the duty you’re never hoping to take on in the morning.

2. Chauffeur

driver
When you realize you became the friend-group chauffeur…

What everyone thinks it means: A paid driver.

What it means when you’re driving: What you become when you’re the first one of your friends to get your license.

3. Dead end

Told you so
We all know it really means this is about to happen. 😬

What everyone thinks it means: When you’ve hit a wall of some sort and are unable to continue you with whatever task you took on.

What it means when you’re driving: The worst thing to happen on a trip and the major excuse for asking, “Are we lost?” as a form of “I told you so.”

4. Flat

Flat
Uh oh…

What everyone thinks it means: A surface that doesn’t raise, usually meaning that it is a smooth piece of land or something without texture or shape.

What it means when you’re driving: The ultimate nightmare. A flat tire means a whole lot of time, money and effort.

5. Go

Go
Time is precious, so get moving!

What everyone thinks it means: To begin something or to start, a catalyst.

What it means when you’re driving: Usually involving greenlights, go means it’s time to hit the road and begin your trip.

6. HOV

HOV
HOV, is that you?

What everyone thinks it means: Honestly, most people don’t know what this necessarily means other than a fun nickname for Jay-Z

What it means when you’re driving: High occupancy vehicle lane, meaning that those dreaded carpool drivers and amateur chauffeurs get to be over here.

7. One-way

one way
When you need to turn, but it’s a one-way.

What everyone thinks it means: Something that only goes a certain direction or orientation, not both ways. An absolute.

What it means when you’re driving: Something you never want to see when you’re on a street. What an unfamiliar driver is keeping their eye out for.

8. Pass

pass
Not this pass!

What everyone thinks it means: Not to fail.

What it means when you’re driving: What you’ve got to do on the highway. Scared you as you first started driving and is now commonplace.

9. Pot hole

pothole
When you see one coming…

What everyone thinks it means: Ok, everyone knows what a pot hole is, but as a pedestrian it’s no biggie. These don’t really affect you.

What it means when you’re driving: The worst thing ever. Avoid these at all costs for your own good.

10. Reverse

Reverse

What everyone thinks it means: To go backwards or in the converse of the general direction.

What it means when you’re driving: BACK, BACK, BACK IT UP. This scared you as a newbie in driver’s ed, but now you can switch gears without fear.

11. Rush hour

Rush Hour
Good Ole Rush Hour.

What everyone thinks it means: Something to avoid and/or a series of Jackie Chan movies.

What it means when you’re driving: Torture! Pure torture!

12. Belt

Belt

What everyone thinks it means: A stylish accessory to hold up your pants.

What it means when you’re driving: A much-needed safety precaution.

13. Shoulder

Shoulder

What everyone thinks it means: A body part near the neck, can be broad or slender.

What it means when you’re driving: Where you never hope to end up because it usually indicates distress and a whole lot of hassle.

14. Roundabout

Roundabout
Get ready for a spin!

What everyone thinks it means: To avoid the center or point, going around the central matter or origin.

What it means when you’re driving: A spinning trap of confusion that takes a whole lot of paying attention.