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

Approximately, 15,000 vehicles travel this section of MD 32 each day, so nighttime travelers are encouraged to add extra drive time during the road work. Carroll County Times Staff,, "Road work along Md. 32 in Eldersburg to begin Sunday night," 2 Aug. 2019 With the drive time becoming unbearable, Campbell decided to leave her post in Louisville to take a new job in New Albany. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "New Albany residents are divided on closing the Sherman Minton bridge for renovation," 25 July 2019 Perhaps Danielle Murr, Hill’s co-host, will bring a fresh perspective as a welcome and overdue female voice in drive time. Chad Finn,, "Gerry Callahan’s ouster finally gives WEEI a face lift," 15 July 2019 That means roads will be more crowded than usual, and motorists should expect drive times to be a least 10 percent longer than normal. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "AAA predicts record-breaking travel over 4th of July holiday," 25 June 2019 But officials wanted something further east to help alleviate the drive time for residents in Steger and surrounding areas. Alicia Fabbre, Daily Southtown, "Counseling services available in Steger to young sex abuse victims," 14 June 2019 Related Central to Wednesday’s protests, which included a planned work stoppage during morning drive time in New York, is how ride-sharing companies categorize drivers. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Drivers Lead Protests Ahead of Uber IPO," 8 May 2019 The lanes were reopened by around 9:30 a.m., but traffic had backed up so much that the average drive time from Everett into Seattle more than doubled, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Truck kills person on I-5 near downtown Seattle, snarling traffic for miles," 11 July 2018 Trips already take that long with the viaduct available – so the state numbers likely underestimate future driving times. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "What will the Highway 99 tunnel opening mean for bus routes, detours and tsunamis? We answer those questions and more," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of drive time

1965, in the meaning defined above

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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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