Re: Daytime running lights question
Opinions clearly vary on this, but MINE is that the DRL's are only useful
when they are "different", just like the 3rd brakelight. I was working for a
company that made the red plastic years ago who were partly instrumental in
getting the 3rd brakelight mandated. They did it to sell more plastic and
used data that showed that the 3rd light did provoke a faster response time
precisely because it was unusual. I would be interested in seeing if rear
end collisions have climbed back up now that essentially all cars have them.
Similarly, the cars with DRLs stand out because they are different, or were.
We used to notice a car with his lights on in the daytime and wonder why,
but as more and more show up with that, I wonder about the utility.
Motorcycle drivers initially appreciated being more visible with their
light(s) on, but I've heard comments that when cars started having DRL's,
people don't see the motorcycles anymore. Frankly, the daytime lights just
irritate me, kind of like fog lights do for other people I guess (I like fog
To the initial question, Explorers have a DRL module option available that
is mounted up front if installed, and which came about becuase Canada
mandated DRL's as I understand it. It is standard in Canada.
Bear Gap, PA
<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> DRL's WILL do something for you. Likely save your life one day. Ask the
> Greyhound Bus Lines why they have been running with headlights ON for
> years. Explorer DRL's are good, but there are some vehicles that only
> amber parking light-type "DRL's" which aren't worth spit. Pontiac Montana
> are a good example. I always turn on the headlights when I head out on a
> highway in the commercial Montana van that I drive. Even have the driving
> turned on. I am most comfortable driving my Explorer. I want to be
> visible to the person who decides that he will pass the vehicle coming at
> Or to the individual approaching from a side road.
>>>If you live in the Good Old USA DRL's are not standard on any Ford
>>>product. Just like the third brake light DRL's will do nothing for you.
>>>Sorry about that.
>>>> I just got a new (to me) 2002 XLT. The DRLs don't seem to be working
>>>> properly. Before I ask any dumb questions, are they standard on this
>>>> model? If they're an option, how can I tell if I have them?