View Thread: Daytime Running Lights


Jerseygirl
What do you guys think of them? It seems that the only cars that have them are the new GM's anyways. I personally think they are a waste of energy(even if it's very little) and a distraction to daytime driving. The only time you need lights are in any kind of precip. and in the night.

Your thoughts?

Horus
I tend to think that a driver would notice a car with its lights on faster than they would with one with their lights off when looking into the mirror. So even though my car doesn't have daytime running lights, I still turn them on during the day, let the idiot in front of me know I'm there (about 90% of the time, there WILL be an idiot in front of you...)

Then again, I live in what is arguably the worst overall driving skilled country in the world...

911GT2
In Canada DRLs are mandatory on all cars.

And if you think that having your headlights slightly on is a waste of energy, keep in mind that the fire-breathing monster under your hood only gets ~25% thermal efficiency ;)

91 Integra
I don't like them, personally. If I want my headlights on, I'll turn them on. My sister's car has them and so did my dad's old car... they bug the heck out of me. However, if it is really cloudy or stormy looking outside, or precipitating, or night time, I'll turn my lights on. I turn them on in the early morning, too, just in case. You know how some people are before they get their coffee...

Jerseygirl
NJ state law: If you have your wipers on, you must have your headlights on, and 30 minutes before nighttime(at dusk).

I really don't like daytime running lights because chances are if you need lights to see a 4000 lb object coming at you, you shouldn't be driving. Only about 1 percent of the cars actually have them too...

Mr.Dave
You sure? I've seen about at least half the cars on the road have them. All newer cars too... mine does, my mom's Toyota and my dad's 350Z. I think they're good, you do notice cars a bit more if they have em.

Jerseygirl
You sure? I've seen about at least half the cars on the road have them. All newer cars too... mine does, my mom's Toyota and my dad's 350Z. I think they're good, you do notice cars a bit more if they have em.

Never actually noticed them on the new Z's actually, but i do notice that many new nissans and toyotas have them as well. Not sure about honda though.

kcg795
My dad's Lumina was manufactured in Canada. So, it has the headlights on weather you want them on or not. In the daytime, it runs the lights. At night, there's a sensor on the dashboard that detects when it's dark, then it turns the taillights and dashboard lights on. In the daytime, I can turn those on manually with the headlights dial. Only way to turn the lights off completely while the car is running is to push on the emergency brake. So, my dad is using the e-brake when he parks so his lights don't turn on when he's gonna start the car. Now, how we got a Canadian car is beyond me. According to Car Fax, it used to be a rental car. Then somebody must've traded it in at a US car lot to get an American car because they don't want day time running lights. :fro:

Mr.Dave
My stepdad's 2002 S10 has the same dashboard thing too.

A-Tech
What do you guys think of them? It seems that the only cars that have them are the new GM's anyways. I personally think they are a waste of energy(even if it's very little) and a distraction to daytime driving. The only time you need lights are in any kind of precip. and in the night.

Your thoughts?

actually they did a study, on average people noticed cars with daytime running lights way before cars without. It cant bug anyone that much for the safety that they bring.

silverTA2002
I don't like them.

I prefer the yellow marker lights like on my car.

FabUlous
i think chevys manufactured in the last 3 or 4 years have em cuz my moms malibu has DRL's

i dont really care either way

Cordoba
I think they're a great idea!! I live in a country where DTRL are not standard on car's, but to see the amount of people who do turn their light's on during the day, especially on country/rural roads, is amazing!! I turn my light's just about all the time during the day, whether I need to or not, because to me, people do tend to notice you alot more on the road. The government over here, is currently looking into the device to be put on as a standard safety feature on every vehicle sold over here and at the moment it has overwhelming support from just about everyone, especially in the country/rural area's, where alot of fatal accident's happen. Volvo and the Swedes, were really onto a goodthing, when they starting fitting it to their car's.

mustangdriver
I'm pretty sure they are on more than 1% of cars since they are on all GM's and VW's out there. I don't mind them at all. I have one car with and one car without. In the Mustang, if it's not that sunny out, I normally have the fog lights on (looks cool anyway).

The only reason I don't like them is that I tend to speed a bit from time to time and to be honest I don't need to call any more attention to my car. If I'm a cop sitting in a median running radar I'll certainly notice a car with DRLs than one without. Besides, it's really easy to disable them in any VW.

Hondas definitley don't have them. I've had a 97, 99, and an 01 recently and none of them had em.

Cordoba
I'm pretty sure they are on more than 1% of cars since they are on all GM's and VW's out there. I don't mind them at all. I have one car with and one car without. In the Mustang, if it's not that sunny out, I normally have the fog lights on (looks cool anyway).

The only reason I don't like them is that I tend to speed a bit from time to time and to be honest I don't need to call any more attention to my car. If I'm a cop sitting in a median running radar I'll certainly notice a car with DRLs than one without. Besides, it's really easy to disable them in any VW.

Hondas definitley don't have them. I've had a 97, 99, and an 01 recently and none of them had em.

I've noticed alot of people doing that over here as well, as in driving with their front fog light's on. It does look kind of cool, but sometimes they forget to turn them off when it starts to get dark and some of those front fog light's can be pretty bright!!! And then of course, you get the idiots who also drive with their rear fog light's on, which over here, will get you AUSD$117 on the spot fine if the weather is fine and you're found with them on!! For me, my normal driving light's need to be activated, along with my front fog light's, for my rear fog light's to have any chance of working. I can't turn my rear fog light's on separately.

scubie02
Yeah, I think they are on way more than 1%--both my most recent cars had them--a VW and a Subaru. I would think more new cars come standard with them than don't.

I think they ARE good safety devices, but there should just be a switch to disable them when you don't want them, because if you're following or stalking someone or something, sometimes you don't want them on... :p

Nogaro Nitwit
The lights are worthless in my opinion. Just a waste of energy. I had them on my 97 Grand Prix. I pulled the fuse that made them run all the time. The lights also turned on automatically when it got dark outside. This feature was horrible. I want to choose when my lights are on and off, not when the cars says they should be on.

GM seems to treat you like a complete moron in your own car. You are just the driver, what the hell do you know?!?! We are GM and we know better!!!!

Jerseygirl
The lights are worthless in my opinion. Just a waste of energy. I had them on my 97 Grand Prix. I pulled the fuse that made them run all the time. The lights also turned on automatically when it got dark outside. This feature was horrible. I want to choose when my lights are on and off, not when the cars says they should be on.

GM seems to treat you like a complete moron in your own car. You are just the driver, what the hell do you know?!?! We are GM and we know better!!!!

Exactly the way i feel about them. Although i'm sure they do help, but then again, if conditions do require you for you to put your lights on, by all means you should. I noticed it the other day driving on route 46, that a chevy behind me would turn it's lights on when it would enter a tunnel, and then immediately dim them. It's really the first time i've ever noticed it before, that has to be annoying.

scubie02
GM seems to treat you like a complete moron in your own car. You are just the driver, what the hell do you know?!?! We are GM and we know better!!!!

Well, they DO have the fact that you are driving a GM vehicle to base this assumption upon, so you can't totally blame them...



hehehehehehehahahahahahaha...sorry, couldn't resist...I crack myself up... :p ;)

Nogaro Nitwit
Well, they DO have the fact that you are driving a GM vehicle to base this assumption upon, so you can't totally blame them...



hehehehehehehahahahahahaha...sorry, couldn't resist...I crack myself up... :p ;)

Oh I get it. I get jokes :p

Yeah. My first and last experience owning a GM or a car from any other American car company.