The traffic, specifically traffic congestion, is one of the most common topic in IELTS. The following traffic vocabulary will be helpful for IELTS learners in writing and speaking.

How to learn this list of traffic vocabulary

Read the traffic vocabulary first, focus on the phonetic and try to speak it out loud. Then, read the meaning and the example of the traffic vocabulary.

After that, try to use them in the essay or your speech to memorise the traffic vocabulary and understand how to use them in the test.

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A tailback (/ˈteɪl.bæk/)

Meaning: when vehicles have stopped or moved slowing in a line because of traffic problems on the road

Dòng xe ùn tắc, di chuyển chậm trên đường

Example: A long tailback on the motorway

A pile-up (/ˈpaɪl.ʌp/ )

Meaning: A traffic accident from many vehicles that hit each other

Tai nạn liên hoàn

Example: There is a long tailback on the highway because of a pile-up involving ten cars

A tow-away (/ˈtəʊ.ə.weɪ/)

Meaing: an act of officially removing cars from a place that parking is illegal.

Việc xử lí xe đỗ trái phép bằng cách kéo đi.

Example: Some drivers could not find the parking meter in the city centre, so they park stupidly and illegally and risk a tow-away.

Congestion (/kənˈdʒes.tɪd/ )

Meaning: there is too much traffic on the roads, and the movements are made difficult

Đông đúc, ùn tắc

Example: Congestion in the city centre has increased dramatically

A traffic-free zone

Meaning: The specific area where cars (or motobikes perhaps) are not allowed to access.

Vùng không cho phép các phương tiện như ô tô đi vào.

Example: The centre of the city has been designated a traffic-free zone.

Hope you enjoy this and enjoy the traffic problem as a taste of the city life. 

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