road test


Definition of road test 

1 : a test of a vehicle under practical operating conditions on the road

2 : a test on the road of a person's driving ability as a requirement for a driver's license

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Examples of road test in a Sentence

The car performed well on the road test.

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Other requirements for drivers 55 and older, such as mandatory road tests or shorter renewal periods, have not been shown to reduce fatalities. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Older drivers are linked to fatal crashes. Is 10 years too long between DMV eye exams? | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018 Odd Lots’ podcast holds Dan to account and road tests some of his theories., "Where the U.S. Still Rules in Asia," 4 Aug. 2017 Full automation, where ultimately there’s no steering wheel or gas pedal, has only begun to be road tested. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "In Self-Driving-Car Road Test, We Are the Guinea Pigs," 13 May 2018 From ages 81 to 86, the road test is every two years. Robert Duffer,, "Taking the test: Written driver's exam instills fear in autos editor," 25 July 2017 Based on its road tests, Consumer Reports says expect a drop of from 1 to 4 mpg with the AC running. NBC News, "How to save money on gas and squeeze more miles out of every gallon," 25 May 2018 The Wildcats survived a road test over the weekend at Marquette and received 22 of 31 first-place votes cast. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Villanova holds off Virginia for No. 1 spot in USA TODAY Sports men's basketball poll," 29 Jan. 2018 For the Hoosiers, the simple assignment starts with a road test to the tip of South Florida against Florida International, certainly a winnable contest. 1. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "Ranking the 5 biggest games on Indiana's 2018 football schedule," 19 June 2018 The Sachems will look to exploit any weaknesses in this tough road test. Nate Weitzer,, "Hayden Cheek, Nick Loring lead by example at Nobles," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of road test

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of road test was in 1890

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English Language Learners Definition of road test

: a test to see how well a vehicle works when it is driven on roads

: a test to see how well someone is able to drive a car or other vehicle

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to reject or criticize sharply

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