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View Poll Results: Should "Daylight Running Lights" be required in the U.S.?
Yes, always keep headlights on either low or high beam 12 30.77%
Nah, but it should be required on bad weather (Snow, Rain, Fog etc.) 21 53.85%
No, no need to have lights on during daylight 6 15.38%
Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-06-2009, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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Currently in the U.S., it is not required to have headlights on while driving during daylight.
In some countries, for example Canada and most of Europe, it is required to have headlights on, whether on high or low beam.
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Searching n Atlanta
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I just got a ticket for having High beams on in the daylight after thanksgiving, but I normally have low beams on at all time since I dont know how to turn the lights off.
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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I just got a ticket for having High beams on in the daylight after thanksgiving, but I normally have low beams on at all time since I dont know how to turn the lights off.
You mean you had fog lights on?
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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[quote=PalmBch;11913987]Currently in the U.S., it is not required to have headlights on while driving during daylight.
In some countries, for example Canada and most of Europe, it is required to have headlights on low beam.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:47 PM
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It uses fuel. I remember reading once where someone calculated how many millions more gallons of fuel would be used per year if Americans burned headlights in the daytime. The figure was astounding! The engineering site at the link below estimates low power running lights would cost each US driver $3/year in bulb replacement and fuel costs, while regular low-beam headlights would cost the driver an additional $40/year.

Questions & Answers: Daytime Running Lights
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:11 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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I have a recent model SAAB and the lights can't be shut off, also we have had previous GM vehicles dating back to 1997 that had DRLs, most of them were in the form of amber lights though.
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I have a gripe about them. People, having running lights does not mean you have lights on in the back of your vehicle. In fog, snow and rain you still need to turn on your regular headlights so people don't ram you from behind because they didn't see you.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Area, Michigan
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I have a gripe about them. People, having running lights does not mean you have lights on in the back of your vehicle. In fog, snow and rain you still need to turn on your regular headlights so people don't ram you from behind because they didn't see you.
The best is when the snow is coming down pretty good and the guy in a white car does not have his lights on.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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The best is when the snow is coming down pretty good and the guy in a white car does not have his lights on.
I totally agree. At first I was angry that they didn't have their lights on but then when I got in front of them, I saw the running lights were on. In fog, snow and rain on the highway, they are more in dager of being hit from behind if they don't have their real lights turned on.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:17 AM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Worse than that, which "drives" me crazy, are black cars which don't have their lights on when it starts to get dark. You can't see them. I have always wondered how can they see their dashboard?

I had running lights on my 96 Saturn. I liked them especially when it was a little cloudy outside. In NYS it is the law that when it is raining, even in daylight, that if your wipers are on, you must put your lights on. You can get a ticket for not doing this. Yes, I put on my lights, not the running ones, when I had my Saturn.
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