|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
What are some of the major factors that lead to car accidents and what can be done to deal with these causes?
HELPFUL TIP: Accidents are often caused by a combination of human error and even adverse weather conditions. You can’t control other people’s actions, so always drive defensively and carefully to avoid accidents and confrontations with other drivers.
|II. Listening Exercises [Top]|
I. Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.
Man: Honey. Do you know what time Katie will be home?
Woman: Uh, she should be here any minute. She took the car to pick up something from the store.
Man: Okay, I was just a little worried that . . . Man, what was that? Oh, no. The car! She drove over the mailbox and hit a tree in the front yard. Ah, the car!
Woman: Well, just don’t stand there blabbing all day. Let’s go out and see if Katie’s okay.
Man: Ah, my car.
Woman: Honey, are you okay?
Daughter: Oh, mom. I’m so sorry. I can’t believe this is happening.
Man: Oh, my car!
Woman: Forget your car!
Man: Driving with the cell phone. I know.
Daughter: It wasn’t that at all. Don’t jump to conclusions.
Man: Oh, yeah.
Daughter: Dad . . . uh, mom. It’s not like that at all. I mean, as I was pulling into the driveway, something rolled from under the seat and got stuck under the brake pedal . . . the gas pedal . . . I, I don’t know, and I couldn’t stop the car. And then I accidentally hit the gas when I wanted to brake, and I hit the mailbox.
Woman: Uh, I think I know what the problem was. Honey, did you put those golf balls away like I told you? The ones YOU put under the driver’s seat . . . the ones I told you would get in the way.
Man: Man, I thought I got those.
Daughter: Plus, Mom, the windshield wipers on the car didn’t work, so I couldn’t see very well in the rain.
Woman: Didn’t you get those fixed?
Man: Uh, I’ve been meaning to get those repaired.
Daughter: And mom. I was going to use the car this weekend to go camping with my friends, but now my plans are ruined. My friends are going to hate me. What am I going to do?
Woman: Hon, yeah, what IS your daughter going to do? It appears that it’s mainly your fault for the accident and that she’s in such a jam.
Man: My fault? Hey, why don’t you just invite your friends over for pizza? I’ll buy.
Daughter: Mom, we’ve been planning this weekend for months. I need a car.
Man: What? I mean, man, what a predicament! That’s tough.
Woman: I think what your dad is trying to say is that you can take his new Jeep.
Daughter: Yeah, awesome.
Man: Wait, not my new Jeep. I don’t even have 500 miles on it.
Daughter: Four-wheeling through the mud, over big rocks and in deep ruts in the road . . . if there IS a road.
Woman: You love your daughter, don’t you?
Man: Ask me after she returns from the trip.
Daughter: Ah, Dad. I’m going to call my friends to let them know of the good news. Thanks, Dad, I knew I could count on you.
Man: Yeah, but make sure wrecking the car doesn’t become a routine activity.
|Key Vocabulary [Top]|
- blab (verb): talk too much about unimportant things, some of which might be private matters
– She blabbed to her friends all about the accident and how it was all my fault. How embarrassing.
- jump to conclusions (idiom): form an opinion without all the facts and evidence
– Hey, don’t jump to conclusions. The accident might not have been her fault.
- pull into (phrasal verb): move into a spot like a parking space or driveway
– When you arrive, just pull your car into the garage.
- ruin (verb): spoil or destroy something completely
– You’re going to ruin your car if you drive it like that.
- be in a jam (idiom): be in a difficult situation
– I’m in a real jam because I have a date tonight, but my car broke down this afternoon? What am I going to do?
- tough (adjective): difficult or unfortunate
– Not having a car right now must be really tough. How are you going to get to work without one?
- awesome (adjective): very good, impressive
– That’s awesome that your parents are letting you use their car for the weekend.
- count on (phrasal verb): depend on
– I can always count on my kids to drive safely. Otherwise, I wouldn’t let them use my car.
- wreck (verb): completely destroy or ruin
– My father wrecked the family car last night, but fortunately, he wasn’t hurt.