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DRLs and insurance

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I am thinking of fitting LED daytime running lights to my car. They will be set up as the law requires i.e. Come on with ignition, and dim when sidelights are on.

Just wondering what the legal position is regarding insurance? Sadly the foreign call centre at my insurance company were worse than useless...

Do i fit the DRLs and not declare (saves me the hassle of explaining to someone who doesn't speak english what DRLs actually are)? Or do I forget about the idea?
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Hey guys.

I am thinking of fitting LED daytime running lights to my car. They will be set up as the law requires i.e. Come on with ignition, and dim when sidelights are on.

Just wondering what the legal position is regarding insurance? Sadly the foreign call centre at my insurance company were worse than useless...

Do i fit the DRLs and not declare (saves me the hassle of explaining to someone who doesn't speak english what DRLs actually are)? Or do I forget about the idea?
Fit them and tell them, persist, unfortunately its the joys of a cheap but crap insurance company.

Who is it out of interest?

Most put them as driving lights as don't have the option for DRLs.
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I fitted drls and churchill added to them and cost nothing to add them

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Shouldn't cost anything, but best to write -- or eMail -- them. Keep a copy.
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Shouldn't cost anything, but best to write -- or eMail -- them. Keep a copy.
Even better to call tbh.
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most drls look gash imo ,
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most drls look gash imo ,
I'm too old to understand if this means "absolutely spiffing, old chap"; or "crivens: they're a load of old cock".

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Im not a fan of the "added drl " strips to bumpers , they just look wrong imo

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Yeah I agree with James - if it didn't leave the factory with them then there's a real danger of a DIY job looking "jolly awfull indeed" (I.e gash) but each to there own, I once had a "on a mission" sticker on my old panda and thought it looked the nuts...... Only in time (and old photographs) do you realise the error of our ways

Personally if you really wanted to give your lights a bit more bling, how about just replacing the side light bulbs with white/blue LED ones and just drive with them on all the time, that way you won't have to deal with the insurance plus you get all the benefits of LED lighting

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And yes the FIATFORUM sorting hat is here and will back with you @homeward as soon as I make another meet sometime I'll even get it cleaned!
I'm more than happy for you to keep it... -- it made you look very 'official'...!
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I think they should be part of an official kit for the FF events team ....... And we could get a chefs hat with the badge on for @jatkinson
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Fit them and tell them, persist, unfortunately its the joys of a cheap but crap insurance company.

Who is it out of interest?

Most put them as driving lights as don't have the option for DRLs.
Covea insurance, who are underwriters for a lot of companies including swinton, AA, RAC, and others.
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Im not a fan of the "added drl " strips to bumpers , they just look wrong imo

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Ordinarily I would agree, but where they are fitted carefully, to look like they are meant to be there, then they can look quite good. I intend to take care placing mine...
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Personally if you really wanted to give your lights a bit more bling, how about just replacing the side light bulbs with white/blue LED ones and just drive with them on all the time, that way you won't have to deal with the insurance plus you get all the benefits of LED lighting
Not really, as DRLs serve a set purpose, which is what I think @Chris Stefani is trying to achieve.

I've yet to come across 'E' marked LEDs for sidelights, meaning they're not technically legal, and in addition to this a sidelight is never going to achieve the same purpose as a dipped beam headlight or DRL. DRLs are not all about being LED imo, although the majority of after market kits are mind.

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Im not a fan of the "added drl " strips to bumpers , they just look wrong imo
Agreed, but thats what happens when you fit 'styling lights' rather than proper DRLs.

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Covea insurance, who are underwriters for a lot of companies including swinton, AA, RAC, and others.
Never heard of Covea, so they're your under writer or your broker
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