Can I use verb “to ride” referring to a car?

If I’m behind the wheel, “I’m driving”. But if I am in the back seat or the passenger front seat what am I doing? Am I riding in the car?”

“I rode 20 miles.” (My Dad was the driver.)

“We are riding the through the tunnel.”

Are the above sentences common and correct?

Answer

You can, but you have to be sensitive to the context. Anyone reading your two examples in isolation would not immediately think you were in a car. By contrast, when we hear Chuck Berry sing

Ridin’ along in my automobile

My baby beside me at the wheel

it is clear not only that he is in a car, but that he is also driving it.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Peter , Answer Author : Barrie England

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