Originally posted by creepingdeath
Useless inventions # 12443: Daytime running lights.
Same with Airbags, who needs inventions that actually significantly reduce the risk of death or injury?
Originally posted by Jus' Trepping
every new car in canada is required to have them
Every 1990 and after model vehicle must have them by law. And Canada isn't the only Country.
On two lane highways, it definitly helps to be seen from a lot further away.
To the Canadians, if you want to drive with the DRL's off, simply install a switch on the parking brake that shorts the wire. This will make the car think the parking brake is applied, and when the parking brake is applied, the DRL's are off.
DRL's are usually the high-beams, but dimmed, some companys (like Ford) sometimes use the regular low-beam lamps (with no dimming), and others (like on Chrysler and GM Minivans) use the parking lights. I think for the estimations made by howstuffworks, they assumed that all car manufactures use the low-beam lamps without dimming (regular headlights).
Even if I do waste the extra gas, it only comes out to $3 - $5 a year. I say this is pretty damn good insurance.
Originally posted by smc1377
Along with what Warlord is saying. When my friend first bought his Civic with DRL's, he drove around at night without turning his lights on. He did this for like 3 nights before I told him that his lights weren't on when I was following him to some bar. He argued with me that they were on cause he can see, so I made him pull over and look at his taillights. Then I said, it should also be obvious cause he couldn't read his speedo or anything inside. What a tool.
No. Tools are smarter. You're friend should be castrated for the sake of the human race. (I can't believe idiots like this are even allowed on the road, let alone remember to breathe).