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23 / 11 / 2007

PARTS OF A CAR-5: meaning and examples

Good morning. Today we finish our series of Daily Vitamins about parts of cars. So far we have seen the following words:

Bonnet (Hood in American English) --> capó
Boot (Trunk in American English) --> maletero
Glove compartment --> guantera
Clutch --> embrague
Gear lever or Gear shift --> palanca de cambios
Accelerator (Gas pedal in American English) --> acelerador
Indicator (turn signal in American English) --> intermitente
Rear-view mirror --> retrovisor
Full beam (brights or High Beams in American English) --> largas
Steering wheel --> volante
Windscreen (windshield in American English) --> parabrisas
Windscreen wipers (windshield wipers in American English) --> limpiaparabrisas

Today's first car word is: Dashboard

Meaning: The part of a car in front of the driver that has instruments and controls in it.
(Spanish --> salpicadero)

Example 1:
My father always has lots of things on the dashboard in his car. It looks like he lives in his car.

Today's second car word is: Bumper

Meaning: A bar fixed to the front and back of a car to reduce the effect if it hits something.
(Spanish --> parachoques)

Example 2:
You should have seen the traffic. The cars were bumper to bumper. They were so close to each other that their bumpers were nearly touching.

Today's third car word is: Number plate (License plate in American English)

Meaning: A metal or plastic plate on the front and back of a vehicle that shows its registration number. 
(Spanish --> matrícula)

Example 3:
Somebody hit our car in the car park. We saw it happen! However, I didn't get a good look at the number plate so I won't be able to identify him. I've called the police anyway, to give a description of the car. 

If you have any questions about these car words, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website.

I hope you have a nice day and an excellent weekend.