Randall: Well, I've had one week of driving lessons with you, Dad. Do you think I'm ready for a driving instructor now? ①I'm itching to get started.
Dad: Yes. I think I've shown you the basics. And there is not much more I can teach you. ②It's time for a professional to take the reigns.
Randall: Oh, great! I'm going to book a lesson right away.
(A few days later) (几天后)
Instructor: I understand you have had some practice already?
Randall: Yep. My dad took me for a few drives in the industrial area behind our house. So, I kind of know how to operate the vehicle…but I don't have much experience in driving with other cars on the road.
Instructor: OK. ③Well, cars and roads are part and parcel of driving. So, until you get used to interacting with other drivers, you aren't going to be ready to take the test.
Randall: Bring it on! I'm looking forward to it.
Instructor: While I do appreciate the enthusiasm, please try to keep a level head. Driving must be taken very seriously. Each time you get on the road, there are hundreds of lives in your hands: other drivers, passengers, 1)pedestrians. ④You have to have your wits about you at all times.
Randall: You're right. I've never really thought about it like that. It's a huge responsibility.
Instructor: ⑤All too often I see youngsters like you dying to get behind the wheel and then, a few weeks later, dying behind the wheel. The first thing I get all my students to do is take an 2)oath.
Randall: What type of oath?
Instructor: A promise to always drive responsibly and think about all the other people on the road.
Randall: I promise to always drive responsibly and think about all the other people on the road.
Instructor: Fantastic. OK. Start the 3)ignition. (The car starts.) Now, take a deep breath and release the 4)clutch.
Randall: We are moving. Let's hope I don't stall the engine.
Instructor: Don't worry, you wouldn't be the first.
① I'm itching to get started. 我迫不及待了。
itching to do sth.: very eager or impatient to do sth.(迫不及待地要做某事)。例如:
Ted was itching to try out the new motorcycle.
② It's time for a professional to take the reigns. 是时候找个专业的教练了。
take the reigns: take control or take charge of sth.(掌控,掌权)。例如:
Once Todd took the reigns, he fired half of the sales team in the company.
③ Well, cars and roads are part and parcel of driving. 嗯,车和路对于驾驶来说都是非常重要的。
part and parcel: used to emphasize what's mentioned is included in sth. (主要部分,必要部分)。例如:
Speaking, listening, writing, and reading are part and parcel of learning a language.
④ You have to have your wits about you at all times. 你要随时保持警惕。
have sb.'s wits about sb.: being alert and ready to act about sth.(警觉,保持头脑清醒)。例如:
Any hiker should have his wits about him when walking on this hiking trail.
⑤ All too often I see youngsters like you dying to get behind the wheel. 我见过很多像你这样迫不及待要开车上路的年轻人。
all too often: very frequently(很多时候)。例如:
All too often, my mother would cook way more than what we could eat.