Callum and Kate discuss learning to drive and hear a report from Japan about how driving schools are having to change to survive in a climate of decreasing birth rates.
This week's question
Some people have a fear of travelling in cars. What is this phobia called?
Listen out for the answer in the programme.
Learning to drive
- mirror, signal, manoeuvre
a sequence of actions that is taught to learner drivers - before you do something like turn, change lanes, drive off or stop, make sure you look in your mirror and use your indicator
- to learn something (off) by heart
to learn something so that you can remember it immediately without any help
- competition is cutthroat
there is very tough competition between companies who will do almost anything to survive and be successful
- a low birth rate
a period when there are comparatively few children born in a country which causes problems for the future as there aren't enough people joining the workforce to replace those who have retired
- to slump
to drop dramatically
Compared to 1989 the number of people who are going for driving licences has slumped.
- to wind down
to relax after being very busy or doing something stressful
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