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Driving Vocabulary & Phrases

Driving Vocabulary & Phrases

Driving in France can be terrifying, especially when it’s your first trip. On this page you’ll find a list of phrases covering gas stations and asking for help, phrases covering breakdowns and mechanic help, accidents and parking. This list should be a big help to get started.

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French driving vocabulary and phrases

Gas station & asking for help

  • Où est la station de service la plus proche? Where’s the nearest gas station?
  • Où est la garagiste la plus proche? Where is the closest mechanic?
  • Le plein, s’il vous plaît. Fill it up, please.
  • Avez-vous la liquide lave-glace? Do you have windshield wiper fluid?
  • Donnez-moi cinq litres d’essence, s’il vous plaît. Please give me ten liters of gas.
  • La voiture prend du super, de la normale, sans plomb, du gasoil. The car takes premium gas, regular, unleaded, diesel.
  • Veuillez regarder la batterie, le liquide des freins, l’huille. Please check the battery, break fluid, oil.
  • Où puis-je controler la pression des pneus? Where may I check the tire pressure?
  • Nous avons un pneu crevé. We have a flat tire.
  • Pourriez-vous reparer ce pneu crevé? Could you repair this flat tire?
  • Pourriez-vous changer l’ampule, le pneu, les bougies, les essuie-glace? Could you change the bulb, the tire, the spark plug, the windshield wipers?
  • Le pare-brise est brisé. The windshield is broken.
  • Je voudrais faire la vidange. I’d like to get an oil change.
  • Veuillze contrôler la pression des pneus. Please check the tire pressure.
  • Pourriez-vous me donner un estimation des coûts/un devis? Could you give me an estimate?
  • Quand est-ce que je peux venir chercher la voiture? When I can I pick up the car?


  • La voiture est tombée en panne. The car broke down.
  • La voiture ne démarre pas. The car won’t start.
  • La batterie est à plat. The battery is dead.
  • Nous sommes en panne d’essence. We’re out of gas.
  • Le moteur chauffe. The car is overheating.
  • Nous avons un pneu crevé. We have a flat tire.
  • On a eu une crevaison. We had a tire blow-out.
  • Il y a un problème avec… There’s a a problem with…
  • Nous avons besoin d’une dépanneuse. We need a tow truck.
  • On est sur le bord de l’autoroute. We’re on the side of the highway.


  • Nous avons eu un accident. We had an accident.
  • Il y a eu un accident. There was an accident.
  • Appelez une ambulance. Call an ambulance.
  • Appelez la police, s’il vous plaît. Call the police, please.
  • Voici nos renseignements d’assurance. Here’s our insurance information.
  • Voici nos noms et notre adresse. Here are our names and our address.


  • Puis-je me garer ici. May I park here?
  • Où puis-je me garer? Where can I park?
  • Puis-je rester ici? Can I stay here?
  • Ça coûte combien? How much is it?
  • Quel est le tarif horaire? What’s the hourly rate?
  • Dois-je payer le parcomètre? Do I have the pay the parking meter?
  • Où est-ce que paie la contravention? Where do I pay the parking fine?

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