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British vs. American Transport and Travel Terms


Learn the differences between British vs. American transport and travel terms illustrated with cool images.

The United Kingdom is a smaller country compared to the United States. In this light, British citizens tend to travel outside the country more often than the Americans that most often prefer to travel domestically. Holiday or vacation destination preferences are not the only thing that differs between these two.

British and Americans have more contrasting terms when it comes to transport and travel. It differs to a great extent that if a Brit is on American soil, he will find the terms difficult to understand and vice versa. One example is a winged powered flying vehicle, which the Brits call airplane while the Americans call an airplane. There is more to the list and let’s go through every single one of them.

British vs. American Transport and Travel Terms

A single ticket —–<>—– One-way ticket

Aeroplane —–<>—– Airplane

Bonnet —–<>—– Hood

Boot —–<>—– Trunk

Car Journey/ Drive—–<>—– Road trip

Car park —–<>—– Parking lot

Crossroads —–<>—– Intersection, crossroads

Diversion —–<>—– Detour 

Driving Licence —–<>—– Driver’s License

Dual Carriageway —–<>—– Divided Highway

Estate car —–<>—– Station Wagon

Fire Engine —–<>—– Fire Truck

Gear Lever —–<>—– Gear Shift

Gearbox—–<>—– Transmission

Indicator —–<>—– Blinker (Turn signal)

Level Crossing —–<>—– Grade Crossing

Lollipop Man/Lady —–<>—– Crossing Guard

Lorry —–<>—– Truck

Motorbike —–<>—– Motorcycle

Motorway —–<>—– Freeway, Highway

Number plate —–<>—– License Plate

Pavement —–<>—– Side Walk

Petrol —–<>—– Gas, Gasoline

Platform —–<>—– Track

Roadworks —–<>—– Roadwork

Roundabout (road) —–<>—– Traffic Circle

Set of Points —–<>—– Switch

Sleeping Policeman, Speed Bump —–<>—– Speedbump

Timetable —–<>—– Schedule

Traffic Jam, Tailback —–<>—– Traffic Jam

Tyre —–<>—– Tire

Windscreen —–<>—– Windshield

Zebra crossing, Pedestrian Crossing —–<>—– Cross Walk

British vs. American Transport and Travel Terms

British vs. American Transport and Travel Terms

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