'Four warned' is a book of four stories with unexpected endings. Read and listen to this dramatic extract about a woman who finds herself in a high-speed car chase.

Tasks

Task 1 - vocabulary

Task 2 - comprehension

Task 3 - past simple

Transcript

Diana took the car up to ninety, but the van wouldn’t be shaken off. She pushed her foot further down on the accelerator and touched a hundred, but it still remained less than a car’s length behind.
 
She flicked her headlights onto high-beam, turned on her hazard lights and blasted her horn at anyone who dared to remain in her path. She could only hope that the police might see her, wave her onto the hard shoulder and book her for speeding. A fine would be infinitely better than a crash with a young tearaway, she thought, as the Audi estate passed a hundred and ten for the first time in its life. But the black van couldn’t be shaken off.
 
Without warning, she swerved back into the middle lane and took her foot off the gas, causing the van to draw level with her, which gave her a chance to look at the driver for the first time. He was wearing a black leather jacket and pointing menacingly at her. She shook her fist at him and accelerated away, but he simply swung across behind her like an Olympic runner determined not to allow his rival to break clear.
 
And then she remembered something, and felt sick for a second time that night. ‘Oh my God,’ she shouted aloud in terror. In a flood, the details of the murder that had taken place on the same road a few months before came rushing back to her. 
 

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Diana saw lights at the end of the road: the traffic lights were red. She could only stop the car to avoid a bad accident with a bus. The van stopped at her side. The man in the van opened the glass and cried her that he was chasing her because she had forgotten her wallet in the shop!

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The traffic light at the junction of the road prompted Diana to stop to avoid collision. Soon after the van caught up and stopped next to her car and lowered his window and said "Lady your gas tank is not covered". Do drive safely.