because your dash is illuminated all the time whether your headlights are on or not.
09-24-2012 04:39 PM
I have the auto lamp feature and used it for about a week then decided to leave them on manual ...I prefere them to be on when I want them on and off when I want them off. I also use the fogs as drl's sometimes and those have to be set manually.
I know what u mean though on well lit streets it can be easy to drive away with the lights off which is not good.
09-24-2012 04:51 PM
I like the idea of turning my headlights on and off as I need them, so sometimes I'll set them to the 'off' position. Then, like you said, I drive off at night in the city and my headlights are off and I'm none the wiser because my dash is fully lit up.
09-24-2012 05:04 PM
I do not want the car to decide stuff like that. I turn my lights on when "I" want them on.
09-24-2012 05:41 PM
I leave mine on auto and have had no issues.
The only thing that's a bit of a nuisance is the way the NAV screens toggles from daylight mode to nighttime mode -- at dusk it can toggle between the two several times before settling on nighttime mode. They need to learn the concept of hysteresis...
09-24-2012 08:03 PM
The car on the screen will illuminate its headlights when they are on.
09-24-2012 09:21 PM
I drive with my parking and fog lights on.
09-24-2012 09:27 PM
I'm in Canada where the Focus comes with daytime running lights, so I can't ever actually turn the headlights off even if I turn the dial to off. They're always on. Hate that.
09-25-2012 09:50 AM
Would love DRL's.
The auto-headlight functionality is lovely in theory. On this car, in practice, they suck.
09-25-2012 10:13 AM
I'm in the habit of leaving the switch on auto, but I usually end up switching them on manually due to the poor sensitivity of the system. So, basically I use the "auto" position as "off". This reduces the possibility of me driving off into the night on well-lit streets without the headlights on.