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 Allot extra drive time to be prepared for unexpected highway closures due to crashes, disabled vehicles or other incidents. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 1 Sep. 2021 Our drive time came primarily at California's Dumont Dunes off-road vehicle area, a 7620-acre playground set in the Mojave Desert just west of Las Vegas. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 31 Aug. 2021 In 1977, construction was completed on the New River Gorge Bridge, helping to connect two communities and reducing their drive time from a grueling 40 minutes through a narrow mountain road to under 60 seconds. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 2 Aug. 2021 That suggests that more people are delaying their drive time. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 1 July 2021 Yes, this was a prototype and our drive time was limited to mostly traveling in a convoy with Porsche's development team. Greg Kable, Car and Driver, 16 June 2021 The average drive time to the nearest such hospital was 10 minutes. Phil Galewitz, Fortune, 21 May 2021 The federal government has temporarily allowed tanker drivers to exceed statutory limits on their drive time to help make up for some of the lost capacity from the pipeline. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 The North Rim is remote and the drive time from Phoenix is a commitment, but don't let that put you off. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2021

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First Known Use of drive time

1965, in the meaning defined above

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7 Sep 2021

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“Drive time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drive time

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


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