IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 Cars: Study the sample answers to the topic questions about traveling by car. Learn topic vocabulary, collocations, and understand how the speaker developed his answers targeting the criteria, Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, and Grammar Range and Accuracy. 


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ielts speaking part 1 cars or traveling by cars

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Did you enjoy traveling by car when you were a kid?


(Answer 1)


I loved traveling by car when I was little because it’s one of the best ways for me to forget about my homework. I remember my family had a long drive in the countryside every weekend and all I could do was daydream (be lost in thoughts) while looking at the beautiful views outside. Remembering those days is bittersweet (a mixture of happiness and sadness)


(Answer 2)


Honestly, I don’t have any memory of traveling by car when I was a kid because our family didn’t own one. Most of the time our means of transportation back then (a particular time in the past) was a bus or a train. But considering my wonderful experiences now as a big fan of car travels, I think it would have been lovely if I had traveled by car when I was little. 


What types of cars do you like?


(Answer 1)


Well, I just love sedans (a four-door passenger car) because they’re lighter and easy to manage. To tell you the truth, I’m still so new at driving and I’m still unconfident (not confident) in reverse parking so I can’t drive other cars except for sedans. Although I tried driving sports utility vehicles, still I find sedan cars easy to maneuver (move skillfully and carefully)


(Answer 2)


Without a doubt (indisputably) sports utility vehicles or SUVs because I’m the type who loves off-road adventures. I have this desire to visit places whose roads are rough or gravelly (consisting of gravel). For some reason, I just enjoy the bumpy (uneven) ride on those types of roads and it’s more challenging. 


Do you prefer to be a driver or a passenger?


(Answer 1)


Well, that depends on the situation – if it’s a long drive, I just want to be a passenger so I could make the most of (use to the best advantage) my time watching the scenery in front of my very eyes and if I get tired, I just sleep. Of course, I can’t do that if I’m the driver. However, I love being a driver for short distances only. 


(Answer 2)


I prefer the former (first-mentioned) because it’s more exciting. I love the feeling of manipulating the wheel and more importantly, I enjoy having an adrenaline rush (a physical feeling of excitement and stimulation caused by the release of adrenaline from adrenaline glands) when I’m speeding up (accelerate; hurry up) or overtaking cars. It just gives me an inexplicable (cannot be explained) satisfaction as a driver.


What do you usually do when there is a traffic jam?


(Answer 1)


If I’m the driver, I don’t do anything except for waiting for the traffic signal to change. However, if I’m the passenger, I just spend time surfing the net (to browse around in the contents of the internet) on my smartphone as it’s the only way I can kill boredom (to engage in an activity with the goal of making time seem to pass more quickly)


(Answer 2)


Well, I just listen to the music playing and sing along with it. I don’t normally get mad at traffic since it’s beyond my control (no intervention will help things). I think I’m a very calm person that I can handle stressful situations well like those traffic jams. 





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