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How To Write A Car Scene In A Screenplay

Adam Scott

This article will discuss how to write a car scene in a screenplay. Every good screenwriter should know the specifics of writing a scene involving a car.

Whether it's a flashback, a chase or anything in between, a script that is filled with scenes involving vehicles will always bring realism to your film. And I'm not just talking about people driving around cars here.

There are a million different tricks to making a car scene more realistic. Here are a few steps to help you add authenticity to your screenplays.

In order to write one successfully, you need to understand the basics of scriptwriting and cinematic storytelling. It is generally easier to write a car scene if you are familiar with the following: the engine, the steering, the pedals and the brakes.

Most filmmakers also know about these topics, so if you're familiar with the basics of scriptwriting and filmmaking, you'll be much better off writing your car scenes than if you're a novice.

What to include in a car sceneman sitting on car front seat

There are three broad types of cars in movies:

  • The everyday car, which is nothing more than a car.
  • A sports car, which you will see a lot of in action movies and dramas.
  • A convertible, which is very rare.

What you must keep in mind is that you should include a significant amount of the car within the dialogue. If you put a sports car in an ordinary, everyday situation, it will look silly.

If you are going to write a dialogue for a sports car, you must be able to picture what it looks like. If you don't, you will make the scene sound ridiculous.

On the other hand, if you are able to understand the aesthetic of the convertible, your dialogue for it will sound right.

Things you must put in a car sceneperson sitting in the driver seat


A car is nothing more than a piece of metal, steel, rubber and plastic. Your car should look different from what most people would see every day.


These days, cars can do all kinds of amazing things, such as driving themselves. You should be able to describe the car's technology and its amazing features.

Side gears

You don't always have to see a car with all four wheels in action. If you want to put only two wheels into action, you can do so.

Fuel level

You should know how many miles you have to get to get home or to your destination. If your car is new, you can use the digital fuel gauge.

If the needle goes red, you will have to turn the car off and wait.

Car keys

Many people use their car keys to lock and unlock their cars. Use this in your dialogue.


In a car, you have a lot of resistance when you start it. The car will not start immediately when you want it to.

You must talk about this in your dialogue.

Air bag

In case of a crash, a driver would want to protect the face and the head. In this case, talk about the air bag, which is activated in case of a crash.

Car value

Many people worry about their cars. However, this doesn't affect the value of your car.

Write about the car's value.

As you can see, a car scene will probably be the most difficult dialogue you will have to write for your screenplay. This is because of the scope of the content.

Just as you need to know all the technical details for the car, you also need to know everything about the protagonist, the story and the situation at the time the dialogue is being delivered. The more you know about the characters, the more you can describe the situation in the dialogue.

Tips to write a car sceneperson driving vehcile

  • As you see in the movies, the car is always a smart car, which means that it is smart and has cutting-edge technology.
  • One advantage of a smart car is that it has two brakes. If you put two brakes into an ordinary car, it won't stop as soon as you want it to.
  • If you've ever been in a traffic jam, then you know what I am talking about. I hope you have not been in a traffic jam for a very long time. At least not in America.
  • In your movie, you must have the traffic jam at least once, unless you want to stretch your drama. It's very important for a car scene.
  • If you can have an accident, then put the accident in your movie. You can do this as long as it happens in your car.
  • In many movies, people see the headlights of the car and know that they are in trouble. It's very important to write a car scene in which the driver is aware of the situation.
  • You must have a hood, which allows the driver to see the road. You also must have a dashboard, which is divided into two parts. If you don't put them into your car scene, it will be difficult to drive your car.
  • In your car scene, you can have many other obstacles, including imaginary ones. You may have to describe those in your dialogue.
  • On your way to the hospital, you may get in trouble with a school bus. You must be able to describe the bus in detail, just like you would describe the police.
  • In many movies, the car can fall through the ice. You must have a car in your movie that has an ice scraper in its trunk. The driver must use the ice scraper to remove the ice on the windshield.
  • You should include that the steering wheel moves.
  • You can have a good number of vehicles, like in the film Batman Begins. However, this can take too much time to set up. So, you may need to change it to a sports car or a pickup truck.
  • You must have a car that does not have an air bag, because the driver would feel vulnerable, especially in an accident.
  • These are only a few points on how to write a car scene in a movie. However, the good news is that the scenario can be worked out with the help of the following guidelines:
  • Assume that the characters want to arrive at their destination quickly.
  • Give them a quick and efficient way to travel.
  • Point out the need for each of the characters.
  • Turn their actions into a cliché, like a stalling car or a bad breakdown.
  • Let your dialogue show their emotions and their skills.

In summary, if you have a little knowledge about your character and the plot, you can work out a convincing car scene in your movie.


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