Car Parts Vocabulary

The car

This is a list of car parts vocabulary

The most useful car vocabulary listed and explained

Car parts Definition
accelerator the device, typically a pedal, that controls the speed of a vehicle's engine.
blinker / turn signal the vehicle's turn signal.
brake the device for slowing or stopping motion of a vehicle.
brake light / stop light a red light at the back of a vehicle that is automatically illuminated when the brakes are applied.
bumper a horizontal bar fixed across the front or back of a motor vehicle to reduce damage in a collision.
clutch the device which transmits the drive from the engine to the gearbox in a vehicle.
dashboard the panel facing the driver containing instruments and controls.
exhaust pipe a device through which waste gases are expelled from an engine.
fog light a bright light on a motor vehicle, used in foggy conditions to improve road visibility or warn other drivers of one's presence.
gear a toothed wheel that engages with another toothed wheel or with a rack in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion
headlight a powerful light at the front of a motor vehicle or railroad engine.
hood (British English: bonnet) a metal part covering the engine of an automobile.
horn a device on an automobile for making a warning noise.
rearview mirror a small angled mirror fixed inside the windshield/windscreen of a motor vehicle, enabling the driver to see road behind.
trunk (British English: boot) the luggage compartment in a car.
steering wheel the wheel turned by drivers when they wish to change direction.
windshield (British English: windscreen) A framed pane of usually curved glass at the front of the passenger.
wing mirror / side mirror a mirror found on the exterior of motor vehicles for the purposes of helping the driver see areas behind and to the sides of the vehicle.