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Turning off your lights at a stop

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Hey, so the last time I went to Japan, they reminded me of this little thing they do, which is when they stop at a stop light, they turn off their main beams and just go to their parking lights. This is out of courtesy. If my memory serves me, they do something similar in Europe, no? I've been prone to do it in drive thrus as well, just being nice to the guy in front of me (though my guess is they don't even get it). Does anyone know anything more about this? Should we all start a new fad here in the States?
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Yep, the beam patteren for the US has a little bleed at the top compared to the euro pattern so that road signs will be lit up by your headlamps, rather than having the government pay for lighted signs. (How do you get electricity to the middle of death valley and other remote areas?)

It's a pretty neat idea, but when the law it was made many MANY years ago, I don't think they had xenons in mind. :D
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