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Old 05-14-2002, 09:41 AM
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Daytime Running Lights

I've read on this board that some people do not want to have their DRL's activated. This seems like a good safety feature. What are the cons against it and why wouldn't someone want it activated?
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Old 05-14-2002, 09:45 AM
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Re: Daytime Running Lights

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I've read on this board that some people do not want to have their DRL's activated. This seems like a good safety feature. What are the cons against it and why wouldn't someone want it activated?
Because cops can pick out your car from a mile away in a pack of cars. You stand out like a sore thumb.
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Old 05-14-2002, 10:15 AM
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Re: Daytime Running Lights

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I've read on this board that some people do not want to have their DRL's activated. This seems like a good safety feature. What are the cons against it and why wouldn't someone want it activated?
My last three cars have had DRL's (96 Pontiac, 97 VW, 97 Canadian BMW) and I wouldn't think of not having them for safety considerations. They're shown to reduce pedestrian deaths (aka lawsuits against ME) and head-on collisions. There are a few people who insist on not having them turned on. Here are some of their reasons:
  • Very slight decrease in gas mileage and increase in pollution
  • Very slight decrease in high beam bulb life
  • Very slight increase to the cost of the car
  • Reduced visibility for motorcycles, since their headlights are lost in a sea of DRL's
  • One study shows a slight increase in accidents with those with DRL's (strange)
  • They don't like how they look
  • Increase visibility to police (as Hack says. In case you're a chronic speeder)
  • Too bright. DRL's aren't calibrated based on geographic location. Many people complain about this (along with Xenon lights, as they did when Halogens were first introduced).

Check out this article for an interesting point-counterpoint to DRL's:

Article on DRL's

I'm glad I had mine turned on. The safety benefits easily outweight the very minor concerns.

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Old 05-14-2002, 10:29 AM
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I am seriuosly thinking about getting the Daytime Demon Eyes and turning off the regular daytime running lights...


I like using daytime lights, if someone is to the left of you and checking their right side mirror before getting over (into your lane) having a light in their mirror REALLY lets them know to wait until you pass them....
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Old 05-14-2002, 12:11 PM
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i read somewhere that with the lights on during the day, other drivers/people consistently misjudge the distance to your car. according to this article, they see your DRLed car and think it's farther away than actual, thus "cutting you off."

on a side note: i think the xenon v. halogen or any similar lighting situation depends on your eyesight. i drove a xenon car and a halogen car back-to-back on the same set of streets to compare and to help me decide what to order. i found that where i live i had to go out of my way to find dark streets for the xenon to have an advantage. when i drove those same dark streets with halogen and fog lights, it equaled the xenons. so xenons are a little better, but others feel they are a lot better. perhaps people's eyesight respond differently. at the time i ordered my car, xenons were new technology and i was hearing people getting "blinded" and upset with cars with xenons so i got just plain halogens.

if i were to order a new car today, i am not sure what to do.
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Old 05-14-2002, 05:49 PM
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DRl's on '02 330ci

I had the Tech Center program mine before I picked it up. The high beam is is used in a very subdued setting. I truly forget the lights are on till I enter my garage.

I don't think the law would pick me out over others due to lights on effect. My idea only. They are a safely measure especially at dusk and dawn. I don't use the auto turn on feature as it is too sensitive. Probably can have it adjusted when car is in service one day.
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Old 05-14-2002, 07:03 PM
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You are so right Chris. The threads on this post prove it. Each of us do our own thing. Your video's great.
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Old 05-14-2002, 08:20 PM
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I wish you could change the setting without having to do to the dealer. I had a Chevy Impala and DRL was one of the users changable options.

Sometimes I would like them on, most of the time I would like them off. When I want them on, I just turn on the parking lights and the driving lights.
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Old 05-15-2002, 07:32 AM
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If you are going to run DDE's you definately need to get them turned off.. costs: $42.50 at my dealer.
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Old 05-15-2002, 07:45 AM
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Hey, my daughter in-law is a Mendham gal. Pardon my ignorance but what is "DDE)? Thanks.
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Old 05-15-2002, 08:37 AM
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Personally, I don't think they improve safety, unless you're someone that doens't turn your lights on at night. Completely useless during the day.

I think DRL's are being pushed by replacement auto bulb companies, as well as other companies with monetary interests in auto bulb companies.
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Old 05-15-2002, 08:38 AM
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I have one simple reason: I like to make my own choices about how I drive or how my car behaves...
Bingo!!! No car is going to do the thinking for me.
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Old 05-15-2002, 02:38 PM
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I'm not against DRLs, but I wish we could switch it on and off WITHOUT making a trip to the dealer! How about someone w/ good eletrical/eletronic skills get an Euro light switch and toggle DRL w/ the rear fog lights button?
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Why the hell can't people just turn their headlights on during the day? I HATE DRLs because they shine in my eyes. Low-beam headlights simply don't do that.
I also think it's rather foolish to make yourself ten times more visible to any given cop.
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