Is there a term for driving and listening to music with no destination just to drive listening to music? Is there a specific term to drive and listen to music at night? Is there a term when a large group of cars cruise together mob or civilian?

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    And what would be the English term for exactly the same activity? :)
    – shabunc
    May 7, 2019 at 5:58
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    or any other language except English?
    – alexsms
    May 7, 2019 at 8:06

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Is there a term when a large group of cars cruise together mob or civilian?

In the formal and official context the term is "автоколонна". It is an organized group of buses / trucks / cars / military vehicles, accompanied by the police. This word is, e.g., for moving large group of workers from one site to another, or transporting a large group of schoolchildren to their summer camp. A motorcade. It's definitely not for "driving with no particular destination listening to music".

For informal context the term is "покатушка". This word is often used when a large group of people go biking, cycling, or roller skating. But there are examples when it's used in the context of a group driving their cars around for pleasure, for example, a group of off-road fans driving to a particularly attractive dirt hole.

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    never heard покатушка, probably it's biker(cycler) jargon, but the general population may not know it
    – alexsms
    May 7, 2019 at 8:08
  • @alexsms: Can't say for sure, but it certainly appears in an official dictionary. And it seems that the dictionary suggests pluralia tantum.
    – Igor G
    May 7, 2019 at 8:34
  • @alexsms I've personally heard it a lot.
    – shabunc
    May 7, 2019 at 8:51
  • i see, my guess is that it's slang among car, bike enthusiasts
    – alexsms
    May 7, 2019 at 8:51
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    "покатушки" - sounds rather childish\girlish too.
    – tum_
    May 7, 2019 at 14:14

I don't know any particular exact word for this. However if someone have asked me to describe this in Russian I'd rather used something like:

Кружить по району без дела и слушать музыку.


Просто кататься и слушать музыку.

There's no verb like "слоняться" or "бродить [без дела]" but for driving, so this is the closest I can think of.

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