import it to Canada.
As for the why? - safety.
I KNOW I'll get a whole lot of flack from [particularly American)
drivers saying there is no safety advantage. You are welcome to your
Here in Canada it is LAW - and I, and many other drivers, find it is
MUCH easier to see oncoming traffic under many conditions where
headlights would not be required to be on by law.
Well, I'm an American driver, and I definitely notice cars with their lights
on more than cars with their light off. Take a look at the running lights
on the new Audi's. Definitely noticeable during the day, especially as it
starts to get dark. The problem with the Escape is that the lights do not
turn off when you turn off the key, although they do turn off after about 15
minutes. They also don't turn on unless you turn them on. I just think a
couple of LED running lights in the grill would be a good idea.
I'll check on that relay. Meanwhile, the US is so far behind the Europeans
when it comes to anything on your car it's not funny. Halogen lights were
illegal in the US. Disc brakes were not available until the '70's. It
seems to take years for the DOT to catch up to the rest of the world.
I'm sure no running lights are to save a buck, but you'll notice every
European luxury car has them.
Nope, they were available on several models beginning in 1949 and
intermittently from that point on. See the wiki for exact models, but I
note that front disk brakes became standard equipment in 1965 on the Rambler
I remember in 1988 that Buick was advertising the first American car
with four-wheel disks and independent 4-wheel suspension. Peugeot had it
in my old 1974 Peugeot 504. So much for first American car.
Escapes sold in Canda have daytime running lights. I am sure if you look at
the wirign diagram for the Escape you can figure out how Ford implemented
them and then buy the appropriate relay and do it your self. In fact a quick
search of the internet turned up the following Ford accessry:
DRL part # F6RZ13B218AA $66.95 for 2001 - 2005 model escapes
I dislike DRLs. I've heard all the arguements for them. Turning your
headlight on under low light conditions is a fine idea. Riding around on a
sunny day with your headlights on is silly. When only a few idiots are
riding around irritating everyone with extra unecessary glare, they really
stand out. But when a million idiots do it, it is just annoying. Maybe it
is a good idea in Canada, fine for them, but where I live it is just
annoying. Not every Candanian idea is worth copying.....
One thing I think dislike more than DRLs are jerks who ride around with
their "fog" light on all the time.
Corvette's had four wheel disc brakes starting in 1965. My parent's 1969
Ford Station Wagon had very good front disc brakes (I think they were
implemented the year before, but I am not sure). Drum brakes actually have
some advanages, particualrly when used on the rear axle only - they can be
made self-energizing, they make better parking brakes, they are less prone
to warping. For almost all drivers, front disc / rear drum brakes are an
excellent compromise - especially for front wheel drive cars where the rear
brakes do only a small percentage of the actual braking.
I am amused when people talk about how advanced Eurpoeans cars are compared
to US cars. This is mostly a myth. The cars are different becasue the
driving conditions, laws, and cultures are different. When you live in a
country where you can drive 120 mph, you need cars that can safetly go 120
mph. When you live in a country where cars are mostly owned by the rich, and
the rest all ride public transportation, then the cars tend to be more
upscale. In the US even the poor need cars. Once you offer cheap cars, you
soon find that even the people that can afford more expensive cars often
choose the cheap models. In Europe there are very few 10 year old used cars.
Goverment rules and inspection requiremetns pretty much gaurantee that old
cars are not allowed. In the US, the average life of a car is something like
14 years. New car manufactuers have to sell into a market full of good used
cars. To compete they have to keep costs lower. There is nothing sader than
some US fool who buys a 10 year old BMW. They are nothing but a money pit.
On 1/27/11 4:59 PM, email@example.com wrote:
From what I've read, DRL's have their own safety issues.
When I go on trips, I always leave my lights on. My car has circuitry,
now under about a foot of snow, that shuts off the lights after a period
of time - I think it senses too much power drain, in case I forget to
turn the lights off (no, they're not automatic lights like on some
First, sorry about my lack of knowledge on disc brakes. I just remember
getting a new car in '67 that had disc brakes, and the guys at the
dealership had never seen disc brakes before. Front disc brakes were an
I like the kit that uses the turn signals as running lights. Seems to solve
the complaints here, that running lights are a nuisance. By using the turn
signals you get a subtle amber running light. Cool idea. Thanks for the
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