Dear teachers,
Suppose you are on a driving trip with a friend, and if you want to know whether he needs to go the the bathroom or not, how do you normally ask?
Can you say like:

  How's the bathroom situation?
  How's your bathroom situation?
  How's the bathroom situation with you?
Or simply,
  Do you need to go to the bathroom, yet?

Also if you were to ask him, if he could wait a little longer to go to the bathroom or not, can you ask like:
  Could you hold it?
  Could you hold the bathroom?
   (don't know if these mean something different??)

Thank you.
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To me “taking a leak” is a bit too rough-on-the-edges.
There are many ways to answer your restroom questions. Some are more indirect than the others.
In the driving trip scenario, I would use any of the following:
Does anyone need a break, or need to freshen up/ use the restroom/ make a stop/ go/ ?
While travelling, I would say "do you want to make a rest stop?" or maybe "There's a rest stop coming up, shall we stop now, or wait for the next one?"

(A "rest stop" can be either the activity of stopping for a break while travelling, or the place designed for travellers to stop.)

More generally, a good phrase is "do you want (or "would you like") to use the facilities?

"We'll be in the car for several hours and there are no decent rest stops on the road. Maybe you'd like to use the facilities here before we get started."
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nona the britI guess you want American advice as 'bathroom' isn't really used in this way elsewhere, so I'll leave the suggestions to someone there. However, I'm certain that 'Could you hold the bathroom?' doesn't make sense there either.
That and the other suggestions in the first post, don't make any sense from a non-American perspective.
nona the britIn the UK you'd usually say something like 'Do you need a loo?' if we want to be direct but in that context we'd probably just say something like 'there's a service station ahead. Shall we stop for a little while/take a break?'
Good suggestions. Other possibilities in the UK would be, 'Do you need to go to toilet?' or just, 'Do you need to go?'.

The 'Could you hold it?' suggestion would be okay but, 'Can you wait?' or 'Can you hold on?' would sound better.
The other point made by nona seven years ago still holds: "I'm struggling to come up with examples as it's not something you really ask adults - we assume they'll be able to look after themselves in these matters and don't need someone else organising their toilet breaks. We only really ask children. "
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fivejedjonWe only really ask children.
Absolutely the norm. I can see a group of adults in a car on a road trip where the driver might ask if anyone "needs a comfort break" or something like that.