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Old 05-23-2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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Daytime running lights (DRL)

I would like to purchase a 2012 Focus with DRL. The dealer says this option is not available. How can this be when Fleet vehicles and Canadian Cars have this feature? There must be some way to activate this feature!!! Anyone
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:32 PM   #2
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May just be a relay that needs to be added. I know on my 04 if I put a relay in the blank spot above the fog relay my lights come on at a lower power automatically.
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I'd love to have DRL's, too. If anyone knows if it's just the presence of a relay that's required, please post details. Does anyone have a wiring diagram? That may have our answer.
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why would you want DRL?
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why would you want DRL?
x2. IMHO, I think they can become dangerous in some situations. Example would be. Driver with DRL heads out just after dark, forgets to turn on the ACTUAL headlights due to there DRL's and is going down the freeway. Trucks and cars have a harder time seeing them from a distance with no tail lights.
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x2. IMHO, I think they can become dangerous in some situations. Example would be. Driver with DRL heads out just after dark, forgets to turn on the ACTUAL headlights due to there DRL's and is going down the freeway. Trucks and cars have a harder time seeing them from a distance with no tail lights.
Most DRL's are reduced power for that reason, so one should be aware if his/her headlights are illuminating properly.
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x2. IMHO, I think they can become dangerous in some situations. Example would be. Driver with DRL heads out just after dark, forgets to turn on the ACTUAL headlights due to there DRL's and is going down the freeway. Trucks and cars have a harder time seeing them from a distance with no tail lights.


My current car has DRL's and when it's dark it turns on it's night lights by it's self.
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x2. IMHO, I think they can become dangerous in some situations. Example would be. Driver with DRL heads out just after dark, forgets to turn on the ACTUAL headlights due to there DRL's and is going down the freeway. Trucks and cars have a harder time seeing them from a distance with no tail lights.
DRL's dont work like that at all....Canada has had them mandated by law for close to 20 yrs....
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DRL's dont work like that at all....Canada has had them mandated by law for close to 20 yrs....
Thank you. For all you Americans without daytime running lights who are confused - you don't even notice factory installed ones. You don't mistake them for headlights at night - that's why they're call 'daytime' running lights. They allow you to see oncoming traffic in bad conditions, such as rain, snow, etc.
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Thank you. For all you Americans without daytime running lights who are confused - you don't even notice factory installed ones. You don't mistake them for headlights at night - that's why they're call 'daytime' running lights. They allow you to see oncoming traffic in bad conditions, such as rain, snow, etc.
Thats why in bad conditions you have HEADLIGHTS. (in Europe IE. Germany, if you don't have all your lights on in those conditions you get cited).. to me DRL's may be a good thing but if you can't see a big a55 RED SUV coming at you, then you don't need to be driving. Seems like another way to LAZY-IZE people. Just like all the Automatics in the states...another way to take the concentration of what you should be doing "DRIVING" , Sure I realize in certain situations Automatics are better, and if drag racing you can get more consistent times. I know sounds like another Knock on Auto Drivers. Nothing wrong with them, just seems like another way to make people more lazy.
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