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Re: daytime running lights []
Posted by Stephen G Carrellas - (more from Stephen G Carrellas - on Wed, 1 Sep 2004 04:05:23
In Reply to: daytime running lights [], David -, Thu, 26 Aug 2004 11:04:32

A couple of points on DRLs.

First, I can confirm that all Saabs prior to the 9-3 Sport Sedan
(the car referenced in the original DRL post) can have the DRLs
turned off. The process for doing so effectiely depends on the
model. I assume the 9-3 Sport Sedan can have the DRLs disabled as
well since this car has the most advanced electronic control of
features and functions. The Owner's Manual usually discusses how
to shut off DRLs.

I was very surprised to hear the dealer say it
can't be done. There is so much functionality that can be
controlled with the Tech 2 across many Saab models that I've seen
dealers get confused. I had to show them the page in the manual to
remind them that my model can set a certain function from the
default to what I want.

Second, one of the pervasive urban myths plaguing our highways and
byways is the belief that daytime use of headlights reduces motor
vehicle accidents. For more information on this subject, see:

The first, last and only large scale U.S. study that has been
completed and published on the effects of DRLs as safety devices,
was conducted by the insurance industry supported Highway Loss Data
Institute. The results: vehicles equipped with DRLs were involved
in more accidents than similar vehicles without DRLs. The
difference was minimal. but the meaning was straitforward, DRLs
aggravate other motorists, obscure directional lights, waste fuel,
'mask' other road users that don't have headlights on, or don't
have headlights period (pedestrians and bicyclists) and their net
effect on accident reduction is zero or worse.

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