Reading 18º: Cars
1.- Cars are made out of plastic and metal.
2.- Most cars have four wheels, a boot, windows, a steering wheel, etc.
3.- The boot is found at the back - there is a door to open it - and this is an empty space where people keep their personal objects, put their shopping, or don't use at all.
4.- Some cars have front and rear bumpers. Bumpers are useful when parking or in an accident, as they are made to protect you.
5.- On the front and back of the car there are license plates. These plates are unique and identify your car. If a car is stolen and the police find it, they can find out whose it is, and where it has come from by using the number on the license plate.
6.- On one side of the car there is the petrol tank. When the car runs out of petrol, the driver can go to a petrol station to fill it up. Cars can use unleaded, diesel or leaded petrol.
7.- On the front and back windscreen there are windscreen wipers, which can be used when it rains. Windscreen wipers clean the windscreens. They are usually replaced once a year.
8.- Inside most cars there are 5 seats, although some have 2 and others more than 5. Two at the front and three at the back. In England, the driver sits in the right hand seat and the passenger in the left hand seat.
9.- Above the driver there is a rear-view mirror. This mirror can be used to help the driver drive. In this mirror the driver can see the traffic behind.
10.- Most cars need an engine and a battery to work. The average car battery lasts 10 years.
11.- On the drivers side of the car there is a steering wheel, it is a large circle like a plate. This is used by the driver to steer the car right and left.
12.- To the left of the driver there are the gears. The average car has 5 gears. In non-automatic cars a clutch is used to change the gears.
13.- If the driver wants to go faster he/she will push on the accelerator. The accelerator increases the flow of petrol to the engine allowing the car to go faster.
14.- When the driver is driving the car he/she may sometimes see danger ahead or the need to stop suddenly - if this is the case the driver can push the break pedal down. In normal cases, the driver pushes both the break pedal and the clutch to avoid the car stalling.