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Excellerator
05-08-2005, 02:07 PM
What do you think of them? I found a website called <A HREF="http://www.lightsout.org" TARGET="_blank">http://www.lightsout.org</A> and they seem to dislike them--a lot. I don't think they're bad at all, especially on sunny days when you can barely see cars without them on.<p>Our Camry has them, and I don't mind them one bit--except when it's becoming nighttime and they can't tell whether they should turn my headlights on automatically or leave the DRLs running.<p>Does your car have them? If so, what car? What do you like and/or hate about them? Is there a specific car you see with them that you wish they didn't? How about rules and regulations? Should they become mandatory like in Canada?<p>Anything regarding DRLs I don't mind being posted here. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

mzoltarp
05-08-2005, 02:22 PM
I have no vehicles with DRL and am glad of that fact. DRL's are unsafe at night. You think you have your lights on but you don't so you have no tail lights. VERY unsafe! It's time to outlaw them.

Ascariss
05-08-2005, 02:28 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mzoltarp</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I have no vehicles with DRL and am glad of that fact. DRL's are unsafe at night. You think you have your lights on but you don't so you have no tail lights. VERY unsafe! It's time to outlaw them.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>That's why you turn your lights on during later hours and not use DRL. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> I believe DRLs actually prevent some accidents than without them. There were studies done of course. Again just stating what I have read on this subject.

Excellerator
05-08-2005, 02:28 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mzoltarp</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I have no vehicles with DRL and am glad of that fact. DRL's are unsafe at night. You think you have your lights on but you don't so you have no tail lights. VERY unsafe! It's time to outlaw them.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Actually, almost all cars with DRLs have a sensor on the dashboard so the car has no choice but to turn on the "real" headlights (including taillights, parking lights etc) when it's starting to get dark out. It's the same as if you turned on the headlights manually. But I do understand if someone drives a car without that sensor--but who would drive at night if their dashboard isn't illuminated?

Nick
05-08-2005, 11:45 PM
my truck has DRL's and it's not like you can turn them off(unless the e-brake is engaged, but who the hell drives with their e-brake on?)...my daytime running lights are basically the same as my headlights...I dont midn them...i mean, it doesnt bug me...though when i was at school in the parking lot early in the morning when it was still dark i usually backed into my spot and the people across from me would get pissed and have to come over sometimes and tell me to turn them off not knowing that they were DRL's...but mine are super bright...I have like these knockoff xenon bulbs...almost as bright as my dad's bmw xenons...i guess it's a good thing they go off with the e-brake or those girls would've been pissed...and i needed the car running for the heater and stereo so it's not like i could've turned the car off...

mzoltarp
05-09-2005, 05:22 AM
The majority of the studies done that show DRLs reduce accidents were sponsored by insurance companies and auto industry watchdog groups which are shills for the insurance industry. Accidents are reduced through safe driving.

pcread
05-09-2005, 05:28 AM
Crock! Always assume that all other drivers on the road are cretins and drive accordingly. You can be the most careful driver out there, but if some moron pulls out onto the road because he didn't see you, then you're srewed.<p>Legislate for stupidity! I know all the civil liberty hounds might not like anything that smacks of government interference, but sometimes you have to take a stand and say: "This is a good thing. Deal with it!"

Rymanrph
05-09-2005, 05:45 AM
When I drove my dad's truck back in high school, I hated having them. I know this is gonna sound stupid, but the truck didn't look as cool with the lights on in the daytime. It looks like you just left your lights on and forgot. My PT cruiser doesn't have them and I'm glad. Once it starts getting dark I'll just turn my parking lights or fog lamps on. They look better. I know some of you are gonna say, "DRLs could save lives and you're worried about looking cool?" I'm sorry and I promise not to complain too much if the US makes them mandatory.

IcedG35
05-09-2005, 08:27 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mzoltarp</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I have no vehicles with DRL and am glad of that fact. DRL's are unsafe at night. You think you have your lights on but you don't so you have no tail lights. VERY unsafe! It's time to outlaw them.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>most people woudl realize that no guages or buttons in the car are lit up...also, DRL are usually very dim and hardly enough to drive with

Santeno
05-09-2005, 08:58 AM
You have no idea how many people I've seen who don't realize their full headlights aren't on, just because their DRL's are turned on. Many vehicles use partially lit instruments or in some cases digital or electroluminecent dials. if those are on, you can't tell whether your DRL's are on or if your lights are on. Personally, I understand the idea, but Think it could be better excecuted.

Naga Royal Guard
05-09-2005, 02:43 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You have no idea how many people I've seen who don't realize their full headlights aren't on, just because their DRL's are turned on. Many vehicles use partially lit instruments or in some cases digital or electroluminecent dials. if those are on, you can't tell whether your DRL's are on or if your lights are on. Personally, I understand the idea, but Think it could be better excecuted.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>timothy mcvey was executed..................

fubar
05-09-2005, 03:12 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MBcrazE</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>most people woudl realize that no guages or buttons in the car are lit up...also, DRL are usually very dim and hardly enough to drive with</TD></TR></TABLE><p>yes my jetta with are lit 90% in DRL mode. The increase once you switch on the headlamps are minor.

Flagship
05-09-2005, 03:42 PM
My 99 Chevy Malibu extra special POS edition comes with DRL<br>So does my dad's RX330, very useless yet affective.

mzoltarp
05-09-2005, 04:25 PM
If legislating to protect us from Cretins who will crash into us at a moment's notice is the goal of life then we all need to drive Hummer H1s.

knicks125
05-09-2005, 05:19 PM
DRL came standard with my car - didn't think they had much purpose other than lowering my insurance <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

Excellerator
05-09-2005, 05:42 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mzoltarp</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If legislating to protect us from Cretins who will crash into us at a moment's notice is the goal of life then we all need to drive Hummer H1s.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>...or bumper cars <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/driver.gif" BORDER="0">

IcedG35
05-09-2005, 11:28 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>fubar</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>yes my jetta with are lit 90% in DRL mode. The increase once you switch on the headlamps are minor.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>i'm in my friends jetta almost every day...the DRL hardly light up anything more than 25 feet away unless u modified urs....and u still need to be able to read the guages in the car