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 English Phrasal Verbs 



Commonly-used phrasal verbs.

 Phrasal Verbs related to DRIVING  



Phrasal Verb Meaning Example
Back up Reverse; move a vehicle backwards He backed up close to the gate.
Break down Stop working. The car broke down on the way home.
Change up Start using a higher gear. When he got on the motorway he was able to change up to fifth (gear).
Change down Start using a lower gear. I changed down from fourth to third as we approached the town.
Cut in
Cut off
Suddenly move very closely in front of another vehicle in a dangerous manner. That car just cut in/cut me off and I almost hit it!
Drive off Leave a place in a vehicle. The bank robber drove off in a black car.
Drive on Continue driving. That’s my boss. Don’t stop –drive on! I don't want him to see me.
Drop off Take someone somewhere (by car). Jack dropped me off at the station.
Fill up Put fuel in the tank. I’ll stop at a petrol station and fill up.
Knock down Hit someone with a vehicle. A cyclist was knocked down by a truck.
Pick up Go somewhere in your car and collect someone John offered to pick up his colleague at the bus stop.
Pull in Move to a designated place at the side of the road. A police car signalled to me to pull in.
Pull off Leave the road momentarily. I was tired from driving so I pulled off for a rest and a cup of coffee.
Pull out Move out from the roadside onto the road. A motorbike suddenly pulled out in front of me.
Pull over Move over to the side of the road. She pulled over to make way for the ambulance.
Pull up Stop. All vehicles must pull up at the traffic lights.
Slow down Reduce the speed The driver slowed down in front of the school.
Speed up Accelerate I’ll have to speed up if we want to arrive on time.
Turn off Leave a road to take another. Is this where we turn off?


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