drive time


: a time during rush hour when radio audiences are swelled by commuters listening to car radios

Example Sentences

Her show airs during the morning drive time.
Recent Examples on the Web Rath and Cisneros expect the bus route would take about 90 minutes, similar to the drive time. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Aug. 2022 Candidates for state and federal office had a final opportunity to get their names in front of voters’ eyes by waving signs during drive time. Loren Holmes, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Aug. 2022 Keep drive time to a minimum by picking an easy trail close to home. Outside Online, 17 Sep. 2020 The North Rim is remote and the drive time from Phoenix, Arizona, is a commitment, but don't let that put you off. Shanti Lerner, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 While traffic to the Renaissance Festival in February and March sometimes still makes the trip feel like a lurching marathon, U.S. 60 shaved the drive time down to about an hour and a half. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 Each homicide takes a minimum of two hours of work, considering drive time to the scene, time on the scene, then time spent on the investigative report, Russ explained. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 10 Feb. 2022 Her drive time also has stretched from about 25 minutes to an hour. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2022 The Mountain Route’s estimated drive time is 42 hours, covering a distance of 2,683 miles. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 30 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drive time was in 1960

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Cite this Entry

“Drive time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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