Probably a stupid question, considering the headlights are not DOT compliant, But are they daytime running lights as standard?
Only in some locations - not all. My motorcycle always had it's headlight turned on when I was riding.shinoo said:There is a reason motorcycles are required by law to run their headlamps at all times.
And other studies have shown that it makes no difference. Most studies for DRLs are in far northern climates where there is less "daytime". In most areas of the US, DRLs simply are not needed and in some cases are more distracting then necessary; they can actually cause more problems than they solve - ever been in front of a Chevy pickup?Studies have proven day-time running lights improve your visibility to others.
That's why you are supposed to turn on your headlights at dusk and dawn - in fact, it's pretty much required by law everywhere in the US.Dusk and dawn are some of the most dangerous times to drive because of visibility. Where I live, it is usually cloudy until about 10-11am. It is amazing how much more visible cars with headlights burning' can be during these morning hours.
I still like to be able to use my intelligence. My Ford Ranger doesn't need DRLs to be seen. Having them could cause other's problems. I did however, install high quality fog lights on my black Miata that function as DRLs - since installing them, the number of people that cut me off in traffic and pull out in front of me has drastically declined.Why would you not want to make yourself more visible?
Back in the early days of DRLs, I remember reading a quick analysis that it would be a couple of percent - not a lot, but not insignificant either.MattG said:I wonder what the impact on our fuel usage would be? Probably insignificant...
I don't know. I still like my flag idea. I just need to finalize the proper size (visibility to aero-drag ratio).thegit said:Cheers. I would disable them if they were standard.
I don't think there's much you can do to make the car more visible.