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    Default Daytime Running Lights

    I was wondering what you guys think about DRL. It seems I pretty frequently see someone driving at night without their lights on. Almost without fail, their headlights are somewhat dimly on though, leading me to DRL.

    With the headlights being on, and many cars having electronic dashes that are backlit regardless of headlight setting, many people may assume they have automatic lights, when in fact, they have daytime running lights. The whole thing seems pretty unsafe to me, and rather pointless. I can see you during the day without your headlights, but it's hard to see you at night without your taillights.

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    Default Re: Daytime Running Lights

    I hate DRLs and always have for pretty much the same reasons you just listed

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    must have for liquid grey.

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    Default Re: Daytime Running Lights

    I like DRLs. Although daytime you should be seeing "everything", there are the times where maybe you aren't paying attention or the sun is in your eyes, and having lights on gives a little bit of visibility that someone is there.

    As for the nighttime dilemma, I blame the idiot behind the wheel that makes the assumption the lights are automatic, or they are too busy gabbing on their phone or talking with people in the car to realize they haven't turned on their lights.
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    Default Re: Daytime Running Lights

    I'm anti-DRL, but pro-automatic headlights (for the people that don't know how to turn them on) But they must have a kill switch; my 99 Buick doesn't have a kill switch, so I can't turn them off when they turn on. grr

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    DRL are a MUST on a motorcycle! It's dangerous enough. I see cars running without DRL's and it's dangerous imo. I think ALL cars and motorcycles should have them! It's a safety feature, and people need to be educated about using their lights. I have Xenon's on my MINI, so the look is completely different.

    Even if cars are running with DRL's at night, it's still much more safe than no lights.

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    Default Re: Daytime Running Lights

    Motorcycles don't have daytime running lights, they have "all lights always on" lights, including the rears.

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    Even if cars are running with DRL's at night, it's still much more safe than no lights.
    True, but if there were no lights on, it would be obvious to the idiot driver and they could turn their lights on. DRL makes the idiot drivers think that their lights are on (again, when coupled with electronic dashes that are always backlit), so they don't think to use their lights, leaving the rear and side lamps dark.

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    Default Re: Daytime Running Lights

    I agree about DRL's on a bike, they really help spot them during the day. For a car, I don't care for them. I like to be able to turn them on when I see fit to do so. Dawn, dusk, fog, cloudy conditions, rain, or on 2-lane roads I turn mine on manualy and turn them back off when I don't want them on. I don't see a reason to have them on at all times. There are many drivers who don't use headlights at all when they should, so perhaps they need DRL's. Automatic headlights are ok, but I would rather not have them. Our Escape has them, and the lights turn on and off when we drive if it is cloudy and it can't figure out what it wants to do. My wife loves them, but I like to be in control of what is turning on and off when I drive.
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    Default Re: Daytime Running Lights

    DRL's are lame.

    If you want your lights on during the day, (gasp), turn them on.

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    Default Re: Daytime Running Lights

    I've got DRLs on my Yaris, and I don't mind 'em. Yes, I think the car looks cooler w/o the headlights on during the day, but for the average Joe Schmoe, it's probably a good idea. However, there is that "forgetting-to-turn-your-headlights-on-so-your-taillights-turn-on" thing, as mentioned. I'm with Egz on the automatic lights thing.

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    Default Re: Daytime Running Lights

    I see people drive at night with no lights on at all....it's like, how stupid can you be!? Duh!

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    Default Re: Daytime Running Lights

    DRLs are a terrible idea for all the reasons mentioned above. I'd be pro-DRL if the lights were also automatic. My mom's car (Saturn) is this way, and I like it.

    I think lights on during the daytime is a good idea, you're just that much more visible.... maybe just enough to prevent an accident.
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    Default Re: Daytime Running Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by KonaZXIII
    DRL's are lame.

    If you want your lights on during the day, (gasp), turn them on.
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    I have driven plenty of times with the sun in my eye, and DRL's only give me more lights to squint at. The best thing I did was, went and got a good pair of sunglasses.

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    Default Re: Daytime Running Lights

    My '08 MINI Cooper S came standard with DRL but I ended up turning them off.Personally I don't like DRL at all.
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    Default Re: Daytime Running Lights

    If everyone has their headlights off during the day, the person with their headlights on sticks out.

    If everyone has their headlights on during the day, the person with their headlights off sticks out.

    Its common sense.

    If DRLs are law, then all you see are a sea of headlights. It does not improve conspicuity. The human brain very quickly just tunes it out. Many motorcycles install headlight modulators on their bikes which makes the headlights flash, and it really does make you stick out.... but if you had a sea of cars with flashing headlights, it would blend in with the background and wouldn't help at all. Legislators rarely use common sense though.


 
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