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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The Samford University basketball team will face a tough Southern Conference challenge Saturday at 3 p.m. (CT) as the Bulldogs square off against the Mercer Bears in a key league road test to be held at Hawkins Arena. Samford Athletics,, "Samford basketball heads to Mercer Saturday for early-season SoCon showdown," 12 Jan. 2018 Passing the exam exempts you from taking a road test at the DMV and entitles you to a 10 percent discount on your insurance. Chuck Tannert, Popular Mechanics, "Here's How to Learn to Ride a Motorcycle and Get Your Motorcycle License," 7 Feb. 2019 Using the popular Medicare program to sell a more expansive government-health care system is a newer strategy and hasn’t yet been road tested in a general election. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Medicare for all is new Democratic mantra in congressional races," 9 July 2018 These are the kind of road tests that both programs have failed for the last decade. Josh Bean,, " All-Access: Are Alabama and Auburn basketball ready for prime time?," 23 Jan. 2018 Jonathan Elfalan is a road test manager at Edmunds. Jonathan Elfalan, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Advanced driver aids aren't just for luxury cars, Edmunds says," 6 Apr. 2018 Yamaha was smart enough to stage this road test for us in the Austrian Alps, where the roads suit it: sweeping turns, crazy-tight hairpins, gravel, wet corners, and discarded roadside schnitzel. David Curcurito, Popular Mechanics, "Don't Call It a Trike: Why We Love Yamaha’s Double-Front-Wheel Motorcycle," 27 Sep. 2018 Nuro is using a small fleet of Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf vehicles retrofitted with its self-driving hardware and software to conduct its pilot and public road tests. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Self-driving delivery startup Nuro releases its voluntary safety report," 13 Sep. 2018 This article has been corrected to indicate mandatory road tests for drivers aged 75 and older. Robert Duffer,, "Taking the test: Written driver's exam instills fear in autos editor," 25 July 2017

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

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