Learn English – term for joyriding without stealing a car or endangering theself


Let's say I buy a Ferrari or Lamborghini, or perhaps borrow one from my parents or a friend. I then proceed to drive it around town and generally just have fun driving the vehicle, with no particular destination in mind.

The term "joyriding" has a connotation of both danger and theft (my emphasis):

a fast and dangerous ride, especially one taken in a stolen vehicle. (Oxford)

"Take it out for a spin" is the best I could come up with, but I'm sure there's gotta be a better term out there.

Are there any terms (not necessarily one word, but as minimal as possible) which mean "to drive a car around for fun" without the connotation of dangerous driving or stolen vehicles?

Best Answer

The definition of the word "cruise" is as follows:

Sail about in an area without a precise destination, especially for pleasure. (Oxford)

Although that pertains more to sailboats, I do believe it can also be used for land vehicles as well. You can say that you were "cruising around town," as an example.