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View Poll Results: Do you agree with the plans to fit DRL's to all new cars from Feb 2011?
Yes - They should be on when ever a vehicles engine is running 30 28.57%
Yes - But they should be a configurable user option so the driver can have them on or off 33 31.43%
No - Drivers should be allowed to choose when they believe vehicle lighting should be used 29 27.62%
No - The use of DRL's will increase the number of motor cycle accidents 9 8.57%
No - The use of DRL's will affect the plannet and drivers pocket through the use of extra fuel 4 3.81%
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Old 03-05-2010   #76
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Re: DayTime Running Lamps [DRL's]

I put them on.. 1 shifted slightly when I drove it, so I`m going to have to take the glass off in situ again to realign it.

Its not as overpowering as it looks in the pics, I cant seem to get an accurate picture in this light, so it just looks like a massive glow...
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Re: DayTime Running Lamps [DRL's]

It's law here in Denmark that you drive with lights on at all times.

I'm not sure however if the DRL are allowed, I guess you still have to use the proper main lights.

It seems to make sense to me, certainly makes traffic much more visible. After 3 years here, it now seems odd not to use them. Can't say it's made much difference to the fuel economy, but it certainly means you'll change bulbs more often.
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just read through this thread (should have been revising lol), an interesting read with lots of points of view....I have to disagree with the £160 a year costing...maybe if DRL's were to be wired to dipped beams, or this 27w bulb Iíve never heard of, then maybe u might reach that cost, but if the manufacturers took the sensible option and realised that DRL's if non-configurable would be on 100% of the time, and if configurable then on for 90% of the time (10% of people being bothered to go to the hassle of turning them off) then they should be LED's which would reduce the running costs right down...

Iíve always been a fan of running with lights on, it makes you much more visible, even in bright sunlight a car with sidelights on is more visible than a car with nowt on, also picture this situation:
you are driving down a narrow road you see a string of traffic pulled up behind a parked car allowing you to pass through, you didnít manage to see which car's were definitely in the queue, your only sure of the first (parked) car and the second (head of queue), this isnít a fictional situation, its real life, now you need to give way, but you donít know which of the cars in the queue is parked and which are pulled over....(this might sound a tad silly, but it is a real situation, where I think DRL's would have removed all the confusion)

I know some of you will be thinking if not saying, taking more time would solve the problem or concentrating more...but is it not better to REMOVE the confusion rather than think of ways round it?

for this reason I ALWAYS drive with the side lights on which on the stilo are brilliant (4x5w), and will be purchasing the new DAYLINE headlights with DRL's in as soon as I have the money. Primarily I think there needs to be some sort of indication whether or not a car is "using the road" or "parked up"
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i agree with using them if you have them! but still think bikes will be harder to spot again.
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Re: DayTime Running Lamps [DRL's]

Quote Originally Posted by mzhussein View Post
also picture this situation:
you are driving down a narrow road you see a string of traffic pulled up behind a parked car allowing you to pass through, you didn’t manage to see which car's were definitely in the queue, your only sure of the first (parked) car and the second (head of queue), this isn’t a fictional situation, its real life, now you need to give way, but you don’t know which of the cars in the queue is parked and which are pulled over....(this might sound a tad silly, but it is a real situation, where I think DRL's would have removed all the confusion)
Actually, I came across almost this very scenario, driving in the rain I came across a line of parked cars, as I pulled out to overtake the nearest, He pulled across me & hurled abuse - seemingly, he was waiting to pull out and had to wait for the cars coming towards him - I pointed out that had he followed the highway code - and turned on his lights, and maybe turned on his indicators, I would have realised what was happening...

I also find that the large mirrors on my bus are sometimes difficult to see through when they are covered in raindrops so even sidelights can be a problem whereas the intense glow of LEDs or dipped lights helps a great deal.

Now autumn is with us & the sun is really low in the morning sky I find it easier to spot cars with lights on when the low sun is facing me or coming through my rear window.
Almost hard to believe it is easier to spot cars but their white lights against the sun's orangy yellow does make quite a difference.
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