They're called DRL's (daytime running lamps). Their is much discussion prop
and con (I happen to come down on the pro side) on them. I have seen many
instances especially on the rural roads I frequent where the drl was the
difference between seein another vehicle at a safe distance or not. They can
be disabled but I almost always drive with lights on with my other car so I
actually like not having to "think about" turning on my 'burban's lights. In
canada and some other coutries drl's are law and as I recall you must have
lights on in Canada. Maybe a Northern neighbor can add or correct this.
I do know that while driving in canada more than 5 years ago everyone seemed
to have their lights on durring the day. I had heard the same, that it was
I understand the DRL I just don't get why they have to be on while I am in
park. My poor neighbors with my headlights glaring in their window while I
grab one last thing out of the house. I guess I just have to hit the
parking brake. I just wasn't really sure how many people knew that the
Parking brake is how to turn them off.
I have a 99 Z71. In park, my DRL's are off. It the automatic headlights
that there's no control over. I've since installed an aftermarket
controller for the auto headlights. Maybe when it gets dark tonight, I'll
check to see if they stay off with the e-brake on.
Yes DRL's are required by law on all new vehicles sold in Canada. To
disable on startup apply parking brakes. DRL Turns on when brakes are
Apparently it is found to reduce accidents by increasing visibility of
vehicles. Same theory as 3rd brake light. Some motor cycles use a
"flashing" headlight that intermittently flashes high beams for same reason.
After using them it makes a lot of sense. I like it personally. A negative
is that it makes it harder to spot drunk drivers who forget to turn on their
lights while driving at night!
Most of the dumb f**ks around here don't even know they have them let
don't that they are driving with their high-beams on! High-beams are in the
very least mildly blinding in the light of day! All I get is odd looks when
I throw on nearly 700watts of lights at 'em! Actually, it's kind of a 'dear
in the headlights' look...hehehe
I heard it was best to set your parking brake whenever you park your vehicle
because it helps to set your brakes. Please let me know if this is just BS,
but it has become a routine of mine to always set the parking brake whenever
Anyone have a different view on this?
1983 K5 350
some vehicles do adjust the rears on application of the parking
brake... my '87 Toyota MR2 was like this... I don't know about your
'83, but my 88 K2500 adjusts when you hit the brakes in reverse, not
the parking brake.
Hope you have good insurance. Disabling a factory installed safety device
will almost surely lead to a negligence case - i.e., I couldn't see the
vehicle because the owner disabled the DRL's.......Good luck finding
insurance after that one.
in article bu3rek$455$ firstname.lastname@example.org, Slash at email@example.com wrote on
1/14/04 4:58 PM:
Just dropped into the group to see what its all about and it looks good.
Anyway this thread caught my eye and I would like to add my two cents worth.
I have been driving, in Canada for about 38 years and for about 26 years,
have made it a point of using my headlights no matter what time of day or
whether the vehicle had DRL's or not. I can say from experience that the
close call instances, of people pulling out in front of me, dropped
significantly. Any close calls that I have now are, truthfully, caused by
me. (ie: talking on a cell phone and changing lanes.........oh! wait, she
didn't have her headlights on...... Thank goodness she was paying
Anyway, I think DRL's are a great thing. And I would rather see a drunk
coming at me with his lights on than waking up in the here after asking
Ok just for final clarification DRL is great!!! I thought that the DRLs
were turned on when the car was in drive or reverse I didn't think that
they need to be on the whole time the engine is on say in park or something.
That is how my old car was (at least that is what I thought.)
in article bu6ca3$d1f78$ snipped-for-privacy@ID-200385.news.uni-berlin.de, Corey Scheich at
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote on 1/15/04 3:43 PM:
I didn't mean for it to come across as an assault on you. I was just
replying to the whole thread in general. The reason the lights are
interconnected to the parking brake is that is the simplest way to do it and
I believe it is, by law, required the parking brake be used when you are
parking your car. When I first took my drivers test some 38 years ago, I
would have had points deducted if I did not apply the parking brake when the
car was parked at the end of the driving test.
Oh I didn't take offence. I was just clarifying why I started the post. I
don't think the parking break is law in the US I don't recall anything about
that in my drivers test at all and that was 30 less years ago. The only time
I use it is when parking on a hill and when driving any car with a manual
transmission. Although it may be law in Canada. It is probably better
practice to always use the parking break. The sad thing is so few people
use it in the US that on a used northern vehicle (one that is on salted
roads in the winter) you don't know when you apply the parking break if it
will release since the cables become corroded from lack of use.
wrote on 1/15/04 3:43 PM:
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