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Mazdaddy
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2003 6:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Daytime Driving Lights? Reply with quote

Forgive me my Newbie status, maybe I've missed something. Right after I turn the ignition key and see RPMs on the tach, I just turn the headlamps on. Every time. I know that a lot of the older DRLs used a reduced-power high beam which is pretty intrusive. I've found that the he simple habit of turning the lights on when the engine is running, gives me that extra margin of safety without being overly annoying. If it get's me noticed one second sooner than getting noticed without my lights on, I'll take it. Accidents can be avoided in just a second. That said, I think that the addition of DRLs or HIDs would be a unique upgrade. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2003 8:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Daytime Driving Lights? Reply with quote

Mazdaddy wrote:
I've found that the he simple habit of turning the lights on when the engine is running, gives me that extra margin of safety without being overly annoying. If it get's me noticed one second sooner than getting noticed without my lights on, I'll take it. Accidents can be avoided in just a second. Wink


Exactly why I used to always ride my 750 motorbike with the lights on - you are at a huge disadvantage on the road with an outline much smaller than cars, that having the headlight on dip was a visible protection and a true safety feature - it is now widely accepted as being an obvious safety add-on for cars. Back then, many people would flash their headlights at me to say - "Idiot - you have your headlights on!" - and I smiled - thanks, I'm being noticed! (Sorry - that was back in the 70's and 80's!!)

While driving the MPV, I also have the yellow fogs on, not so intrusive as DRL's, but also makes us look different to other vehicles/objects on or beside the road. Always stay safe!!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2003 3:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Daytime Driving Lights? Reply with quote

My Volvo 240 has a headlight switch wired through the ignition. So I just leave the head light in the ow position and when I shut the car off the lights go off.

As far as prevalence of using lights in poor visibility, In VA there is a law that requires headlights (not just parking lights) to be on whenever the windshield wipers are active. Yet you can see 1/3 of the cars not using any lights even when it is deluging rain. Haven't got a clue! Your lights are of more use for others to see you than for you to have light to see the road.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2003 3:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Daytime Driving Lights? Reply with quote

My Subaru has the same feature (headlights wired thru ignition) - and it's great. Kept my wife from killing the battery when it was her daily driver.
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