There are many reasons why you might want to refer to a group of cars. Whether they’re on the road or in a lot, you’ll need to know of a few good words that can work to refer to them. This article will explore some of the best alternatives.
The preferred alternatives are “motorcade,” “fleet,” and “line.” These work well for a variety of reasons. “Motorcade” and “line” often refer to moving cars or ones that are at a standstill in traffic. A “fleet” refers to the cars owned by an organization (often kept in a lot).
“Motorcade” is an official term used to refer to groups of cars. You can often use it on its own (rather than saying “a motorcade of cars”) because it already shows that multiple cars are involved in the group.
Motorcades are most common as parts of processions during official ceremonies. They will often be the slow-moving cars that lead and trail the ceremonial vehicles to make sure everything is kept safe.
The definition of “motorcade,” according to The Cambridge Dictionary, is “a series of cars and other motor vehicles that moves slowly along a road carrying someone important, especially during an official ceremony.”
- There was a motorcade along the roads today, so I really didn’t feel like driving around out there. I’m not one for traffic jams.
- I don’t want to be a part of that motorcade again. It was a bit of a joke the last time. I don’t have the patience to be caught out like that.
- Wasn’t there supposed to be a motorcade to back up that procession? I don’t see any cars out here right now. How strange.
“Fleet” is a bit more specific than most of the words here. It refers to a group of cars owned by a business or person. Using a “fleet of cars” allows you to refer to a group even if they are not on the road.
For example, if you know that someone collects cars, and you have seen their collection in a garage, you can refer to this as a “fleet.”
The definition of “fleet,” according to The Cambridge Dictionary, is “a number of cars, buses, planes, etc., under the control of one person or organization.”
- I’m sure you’d like to take a look at our fleet. Perhaps one of them will suit you much better than your current ride. We’ve got everything.
- I want to look into the fleet owned by that company. I believe it was one of their cars that were involved in the pile-up.
- Our fleet consists of some of the best cars on the market. Feel free to take a look around, and let us know if anything catches your eye.
“Line of cars” is a good way of referring to a group that is out on the road. A “line” refers to the fact that most cars follow each other in a single-file line. Most roads are the width of one car, so only a “line” is required when you are talking about them.
- I need to speed up a bit so I can thin out this line of cars. I don’t think these guys are particularly happy that I’m causing this traffic.
- Can you make that line of cars go away? I feel like they’re judging me, and it’s making it so much harder for me to get this done.
- There’s a line of cars queuing for miles back that way. I don’t think it’s wise for you to go out on those roads today.
“Group” is already a decent choice to refer to a group of anything. People like to come up with more interesting terms, but there is nothing fundamentally wrong with using a “group of cars.”
If you want to keep it simple, you should absolutely stick with this one.
- I’ve just seen a group of cars speeding down the highway together. I did wonder what they were doing, but I couldn’t get keep up with them.
- That group of cars has been there for weeks. I don’t know if they’re ever going to move. It’s like they’ve all been abandoned.
- I’m not sure anybody needs a group of cars like that to call their own. At what point do you tell yourself that you have too many cars?
“Traffic” is a good noun that refers to a group of cars. The cars involved in traffic will often be brought to a complete standstill. They won’t be able to move further because they are blocked by the cars ahead of them.
It doesn’t take long for traffic to spiral out of control in most cases. The more cars that add to the back of traffic, the harder it is for traffic to clear. People can be waiting in traffic jams for hours.
- There’s a lot of traffic out on the roads right now. I’d be careful driving out there if I were you. I’d hate to get caught in most of that.
- The traffic is bad enough as it is. We really don’t need another group of protesters, making it even harder for us to get around.
- Were you stuck in the traffic that was out there earlier today? I could hardly move anywhere for hours! It really sucked!
“Cluster” is a good choice when you want to refer to a group of cars. It works well because “cluster” often shows that there’s a bit of disorder in the group.
This can work when the cars in the cluster are part of a roadblock or traffic jam since they can get very disordered.
- I thought that cluster of cars was there for a reason. I didn’t realize they were all just trying to find their way along the road.
- I’m not sure you noticed the cluster of cars, but it’s your job to do something about it, officer. Don’t try to ignore your duties.
- I wanted to get away from the cluster of cars, but I didn’t have an opening. I’ve been stuck here for so long now that I’ve given up!
“Block” is a good way of referring to a group of cars because it refers to the traffic that comes with it. Oftentimes, when a group of cars is caught out on the road, you’ll be “blocked” by them. That’s where this term comes from.
If you can’t get passed the cars, you will end up “blocked.” You might also be a new addition to the “block,” making it harder for the people behind you to navigate anywhere.
- There was a block of cars in the way, making it difficult for any of us to actually make it into the office. That was an eventful morning.
- That block of cars won’t be moving anytime soon. You’ll be better off looking for another route that might make it quicker for you.
- He’s part of that block of cars over there. None of them will be able to move until the police car allows them to advance again.
“Bunch” is a more colloquial term you can use. It works for both moving and stationery cars. It’s best to use this one informally when you’re discussing a group of cars with somebody.
Most often, you’ll find that a “bunch of cars” is used when referring to someone’s collection. It might also work when talking about all of the available cars that might be sold out of a car dealership (since a lot of cars are parked in their lot).
- A whole bunch of cars has just appeared on this road. I’m not entirely sure what they’re doing here, but it looks like they’re traveling together.
- You have a bunch of cars in your lot. Maybe you can lower some of the prices to make them a little more affordable for some of the locals.
- I didn’t want to have to be a part of the bunch, but it seemed like it was unavoidable. I’m stuck here for a while now.
“Mayhem” is a really good way of referring to a group of cars. It works whenever there’s an accident, though it’s also possible to use it to refer to the collective noun for a group of cars.
It’s similar to using a collective noun for animals. Collective nouns are often interesting group words that take away from the generic “group of this” or “group of that.”
Some examples include:
- Murder of crows
- School of fish
- Skulk of foxes
“Mayhem” is another collection noun group. It only refers to cars, and there’s no specific grammatical reason why it’s used. However, if you want to use it, there’s no reason why you can’t.
- I want to get out of this mayhem of cars. It feels like we’re merely minutes away from a bad accident if we keep this up.
- The mayhem of cars is a bit ridiculous right now. I just wish that somebody was able to make it go away.
- Have you seen the mayhem of cars that are building up on the bridge over there? I would hate to be stuck in that right now.