Definition of road test in US English:

road test


  • 1A test of the performance of a vehicle or engine on the road.

    • ‘This website not only provides a guide to the prices that you should pay, but also details of road tests, potential problems and the price of parts.’
    • ‘Both are competitively priced, well built and have done well on road tests.’
    • ‘As regular readers will know, I do not believe in writing up road tests on vehicles driven round the block from the local dealership!’
    • ‘The car is also winning accolades and group road tests in top European motoring magazines such as auto motor und sport in Germany.’
    • ‘Paul say consumers should beware of these ratings because they are based on lab tests, not road tests.’
    • ‘This week's road tests are of two cars that I would just love to sit in, but the number of ‘test’ Maserati's in this country tend to be few and far between!’
    • ‘John is the very witty and outspoken scribe from Down-under who contributes some road tests for our Automania column.’
    • ‘When the time comes every five years or so for these people to buy a new car, they don't trouble themselves with reading road tests, trawling through brochures or comparing prices.’
    • ‘Many motoring magazines are to blame for this fairly recent phenomenon of lights misuse, showing road tests of new cars with all lights ablaze.’
    • ‘Information from the road tests will allow you to zero in on which of the vehicles discussed above will be the best for you.’
    • ‘It's an unusual feeling to get out of a full-sized, heavy-duty crew cab pick-up after a road test and find the old minivan annoyingly cumbersome to park.’
    • ‘From my own search diligence, I have read several reviews and road tests.’
    • ‘The Daewoo may strike some as a little expensive but it is a good package, especially in aftersales service, and it has done well on the various road tests.’
    • ‘It is the tiny but manoeuvrable two-door Goggomobil - made in Germany by Hans Glas Limited - which began road tests in East London yesterday.’
    • ‘So far, no accidents have occurred because of the defect, which road tests have found was aggravated when the car travels at high speeds on rough roads.’
    • ‘After receiving government approval this month, the carmaker has begun public road tests of its X-Trail FCV, a hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicle.’
    • ‘The car looks great from all angles and has won praise in road tests for having good grip and handling characteristics.’
    1. 1.1 A test of equipment carried out in working conditions.
      ‘he hopes to present a road test of whiskeys and to debate the various aromas and tastes’
      • ‘The road tests present a clear-cut demonstration of the possibilities for capacity and economy offered by modern features of locomotive proportioning and design.’
      • ‘We took the revolutionary BioNav in-car navigation system out for a road test.’
    2. 1.2US A test of a person's competence in driving a motor vehicle that must be passed in order to get a driver's license.
      • ‘Her road test was Monday, as you were not allowed to take the test before sixteen years old in Michigan.’
      • ‘And with a few turns around the block with a driving instructor, you can cruise through the road test too.’
      • ‘Incentives like shorter waiting times for road tests if lessons are taken aren't helping to reduce the number of traffic accidents.’
      • ‘Ian had to go take his road test for his license, but he'd promised to be there later.’
      • ‘In the chapter on preparing for the road test, it explains many concepts that would otherwise only be covered in an advanced defensive-driving course.’
      • ‘Not to overshadow whatever mood that you're in at this particular moment, but Sunny passed her road test this morning.’
      • ‘She had been driving for years in India, but here she failed the crucial road test because she was used to driving on the left.’
      • ‘Jaycee hated having to wait to pass her road test until she was sixteen, but it was Michigan law.’
      • ‘There were no parking lots or anything, so I managed to parallel park on the side of the road, something that I hadn't done since I took my road test almost two years ago.’
      • ‘Frankie had just passed her first road test and it was her first time driving alone for a long distance.’
      • ‘Despite limitations, road tests have been advocated as the preferred method to assess driving competency, and they also play an important role in retraining.’
      • ‘To qualify as a licensed driver, one has to take a written test and a road test, and the expectation is that individuals who pass the tests have inherent capacities to drive well.’


[with object]
  • 1Test (a vehicle or engine) on the road.

    • ‘They'll also be joined by local personalities who will be road-testing some of the new models at the 2002 show.’
    • ‘We may even be road-testing vehicles on similar road conditions for braking power.’
    • ‘A friend road-tested his brand-new Dodge Charger on I - 87 north out of New York, up to Lake Champlain on the Canadian border.’
    • ‘When I'm road-testing a car, I often take it up to Liverpool because it gives me a chance for a long drive.’
    • ‘To be fair, after the first 9 months the garage owner did proudly announce that the car would be ready to road-test in two days time.’
    • ‘The leading automobile company is already road-testing its electric vehicle, Bijlee.’
    1. 1.1 Try out (something) in working conditions for review or prior to purchase or release.
      ‘we road-tested a new laptop computer’
      • ‘Sometimes we will road test a variety by planting a few trees or a row to see how they do during several seasons.’
      • ‘After road-testing the backpack version I give this product a big thumbs up for ease of use, value for money, reliability and effective security.’
      • ‘It's as if Centrelink is trying to road-test the federal government's new industrial relations laws.’
      • ‘This is a veritable mantra among staffers, many of whom have children of their own to road-test the merchandise.’
      • ‘Our panel of entrepreneurs road-test the sites offering printing services’
      • ‘To help you find the best centerpiece for your machine, PC World road-tested 14 state-of-the-art boards for Athlon 64 and Pentium 4 CPUs.’
      • ‘The controversial measures have been road-tested by a small group of local education authorities.’
      • ‘With the band heading in to the studio at the end of the tour to record their new album, they took the opportunity to road test a number of their new songs.’
      • ‘Unlike someone who purchases a new car, patients cannot road-test a new hip or knee.’
      • ‘We've got a few plans for the weekend; I finished Heather's bike yesterday, so we need to get around to road-testing that one…’
      • ‘We came to an agreement where they could road test the standards and we'd do some gap analysis to see where we stood on that parcel of land.’
      • ‘Anyone buying into the extras finds themselves road-testing a technology that is still in a developmental stage.’
      • ‘It was road-tested by a Register editor released into the wilds of Essex - he was quickly directed to a nearby hostelry.’
      • ‘He was at the University of Chicago yesterday to road-test some of his book's arguments.’
      • ‘The next day I wrote a couple and road-tested them on her in the evening.’
      • ‘We have a better idea, and it's already been road-tested.’
      • ‘We decided to help you cut to the chase by road-testing some top exercise sites.’
      • ‘What made you decide to come to North America to road test the new album?’
      • ‘Check that all the links work and that the navigation is easy, then ask friends and family to road-test it and give their verdicts.’
      • ‘Police road-testing new technology to track unlicensed cars had an automatic success when they pulled over a man with a loaded handgun.’


road test

/ˈroʊd ˌtɛst//ˈrōd ˌtest/