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Old Apr 26th 2019, 6:20 pm
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How to decipher British to American English from car parts to rules of the road and other terminology from A to Zed.

Part 1 of 3: Driving Terminology

What you call a roundabout we call a traffic circle

What you call a car park we call a parking lot





What you call give way we call yield




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Except that the picture you used [subsequently changed] to illustrate a "parking lot" appears to actually be a "parking deck" or "parking garage" (both are used in the US and appear to be regional), but in the UK it is a "multi-storey car park".

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Around here roundabouts are called just that!
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Pulaski Thanks for your comment regarding the parking garage! We took your advice and found a better image to reflect that term. Let us know if there are any other terms that you think are helpful for our British expats.
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MidAtlantic Thanks for letting us know! It seems even in the U.S. there are some regional differences in driving terminology. Let us know if you can think of any other helpful phrases.
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Try "dual carriageway" which Americans call a "divided highway", and the "central reservation" is the "median" in America.
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Pulaski Thank you for your response!
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