IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #7 Describe your favorite means of transportation

Describe your favorite means of transportation. You should say:
What this transport is When you began to use it
The advantages and disadvantages of using this form of transportation And explain why it is your favorite form of transportation.

Sample Answers:

There are many means of transportation in my country. People in the urban areas usually have their own cars or they use the public transport whereas the people in the rural areas tend to travel on bicycles and tractors. People in this world use the means of transportation which are suitable for them. The previous mentioned means of transportation are used to travel within the country whereas the airplanes are used to travel from one county to another.

My favorite means of transportation is a car. I got this car when I was 19 years old. First I used to travel on a bus, but after getting the car my life got a lot of easier and felt that car was a necessity rather than a luxury. First I used to travel on a bus and I never reached my destination on time. There was a day when I missed a bus and due to that I also missed my exam so I got a zero on my exam. I think that the use of a car enables a person to reach on time and it also protects a person from bad weather. There are also some disadvantages attached to the use of car as it is very expensive to keep a car and a person also has to pay for the maintenance charges. Cars also create pollution and traffic congestion. I still feel that the benefits of using a car outweigh the drawbacks and more and more people in this world are trying to get their own car.

Follow-up questions:

  1. What types of transport are there in your town?
    In Manchester I think you can find every form of transport apart from an underground system. You can drive around the city by car or get on a bus; there are even free buses that take people between the train stations. Manchester also has a tram system, and of course there are taxis too.
  2. Have the types of transport people use changed much over the last few decades? Option 1: I don’t think they have really. We’ve had the transport I mentioned before for many decades now in my country, and it is much the same today. Of course cars have become much more popular as people’s incomes have risen which accounts for the problems we see on the roads today such as congestion and more accidents and pollution. This has probably led to some changes within cities. Many have now introduced environmentally friendly forms of transport such as trams and guided buses that don’t run on gas and mean that people can travel without the use of the car. There has also been an increase in air travel, but like I said, this is quite expensive in my country so most cannot afford it.
    Option 2: Yes I think so. There has been a significant rise in private vehicles used for leisure journeys and work journeys. The reason is that people in my country is becoming wealthier. However, among young people, using public transport is an increasing tendency. Part of the reason is that they are more aware of the positive impact of public transport on reducing the number of private vehicles, air pollution and protecting the natural environment. Also, due to the rising costs of oil and legal insurance, many young people choose to use public transport.
  3. What kinds of improvement have there been in transport in your country in recent years?
    Option 1: There has been several ways that transport has improved. More major roads have been built which means it is easier to travel long distances, though of course some would argue that more roads are not an improvement. They can be an eyesore in the countryside and they have encouraged more people to drive which may mean these improvements ultimately don’t work because there are more cars using the roads. As I mentioned before, there has been the introduction of mass transit in many cities, such as trams and trains. In our capital city they have also extended the underground system so it now links many more areas of the city. This has helped many people as commuting times are horrendous if you have to travel on the roads. Those are the main improvements.
    Option 2: The number of domestic and international airports have increased, which contributes to the growth of the tourism industry. Along with airports, the number and quality of sea ports, freeways and railways have gone up as well. Coaches and buses have been improved, allowing people to travel around a city and between cities in Vietnam. A good example is the introduction of high-quality in-city bus routes in Ho Chi Minh city that allow passengers to travel from and to Tan Son Nhat airport.
  4. What do you think of public transport in your country?
    It has been improved so much over the past few decades but still does not meet international standards and needs of people in Vietnam. Currently there are no tram and underground systems therefore bus is essentially the only option of public transport. With respect to buses, many vehicles are not so clean and timely. I think a possible solution is to privatize the bus industry. Because of the profit motives, bus companies will try to find ways to improve the quality of their services.
  5. Do you think that the government should invest more in transport projects?
    I think that developing transportation system will improve the capacity and efficiency of the Vietnamese economy. However, the problem of political corruption may kick in. Also, due to the huge costs of those projects, it is reasonable for the government to encourage private-sector investment. In the situation of Vietnam, my opinion is that much more money should be spent to improve public transport systems and make it more affordable to people from all social classes.
  6. What types of transport do you think we will use in the future?
    I’m not sure, but hopefully we’ll have cars that drive themselves and never crash. I think we’ll probably fly more, and it might become normal to have your own plane. On the other hand, many cities are building more bicycle lanes, so maybe we will use cars less for getting around towns and cities.