drive time


Definition of drive time

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

Examples of drive time in a Sentence

Her show airs during the morning drive time.
Recent Examples on the Web Virtual court hearings have eliminated drive time and cut down on courthouse waits. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "‘We Can’t Just Limp Along’: Americans Reinvent Fall," 7 Sep. 2020 The rules limit most commercial truck drivers to 11 hours of driving time in a 14-hour workday, with certain prescribed rest breaks. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Highway Regulators Shift Work Rules for Truck Drivers," 14 May 2020 Friedman says the market for VillaRosso is considerably wider than for DTC commuters wanting to drastically cut their driving time. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "A rare bird: Tech Center builder David Friedman has 7 condos, some with mountain views, steps from the DTC’s newest dining," 10 Oct. 2019 Those heading to Denver International Airport should budget drive times from downtown to DIA via I-70 East of 55 minutes or more. Tom Mcghee, The Denver Post, "AAA Colorado expects Coloradans to set a Thanksgiving travel record this year," 22 Nov. 2019 For instance, since 1938, federal regulations limit most commercial truck drivers to eleven hours of driving time in a 14-hour workday. Jon Hartley, National Review, "Deregulate to Help the Private Sector Fight Coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 Federal regulations limit most commercial truck drivers to 11 hours of driving time in a 14-hour workday, restrictions intended to reduce accidents caused by highway fatigue. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "U.S. Suspends Truck-Driving Limits to Speed Coronavirus Shipments," 14 Mar. 2020 Indeed, on the eve of Tuesday’s primary, Ms. Warren called in on Monday morning to a radio station in Las Vegas, KCEP, for an interview during drive time. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "New Hampshire Usually Winnows the Field. This Year May Be Different.," 10 Feb. 2020 Shorter drive times will reduce carbon emissions, another goal of Amazon’s, Alexander said. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Amazon is speeding up deliveries in Dallas, three other cities," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of drive time

1965, in the meaning defined above

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18 Sep 2020

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“Drive time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drive time

chiefly US : the time when people are driving to or from work and are listening to the radio in their cars

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