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Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2006 12:17:52 +0000 (UTC)
From: Joe Morris <>
Subject: Re: Daytime running lights...what's the deal?

- Bob - <> writes: >Personally, I don't like DRL's. I turn my headlights on when I think >they are needed. That might be in the day, or as the sun sets, but >it's my decision. I also like to be able to turn on my parking lights >independently. I had the dealer reprogram my car so that the headlight >switch operates as they did in the past. off/parking lights/headlights >with no DRL's. I also had the fog lights reprogrammed so I could turn >them on and off as I wish with any combination. I did the same with my '97 900. In addition to the other issues noted about having the headlights on whenever the ignition is on, there are two situations I frequently encounter when having headlights on at night is considered extremely poor judgement: * when driving near a group of amateur astronomers at a star party * when approaching the guard station for a military facility Astronomers don't like it because it takes only an instant for the human eye to lose its dark adaptation (for examples, watch any decent war movie scene on the bridge of a navy ship at night; that's why red lamps are used). Recovering dark adaptation takes far, far longer. And military guards -- especially these days -- tend to get a bit testy if a car approaches them at night with bright lights that make it impossible to see what's going on in side the car. I was reminded of this because shortly after I bought the car I had to drive onto the grounds of the Naval Observatory -- where the Vice-President's residence is located. Double whammy...and a prompt trip to the dealer. Joe Morris

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