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Old 03-25-2014, 04:55 PM   #1
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Default DRLs On or Off? That is the questions.

So I get a lot of questions on why I leave my DRLs off. Not just on my Audi but also on my Benz, my old Jetta and even my dads Rolls when I take that out... Here are my reasons why:
1. The car looks better with them off…just my opinion.
2. Less flash, less attention from both other drivers and cops…
3. I do not see the point of DRLs in the sunlight.

So here is my question:
Do you keep you DRLs on or off? Why?

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So I get a lot of questions on why I leave my DRLs off. Not just on my Audi but also on my Benz, my old Jetta and even my dads Rolls when I take that out... Here are my reasons why:
1. The car looks better with them off…just my opinion.
2. Less flash, less attention from both other drivers and cops…
3. I do not see the point of DRLs in the sunlight.

So here is my question:
Do you keep you DRLs on or off? Why?
On.
1. The car looks better with them on...just my opinion.
2. More attention paid by other drivers (safety). I don't think the cops pay attention to DRLs anymore.
3. See #2
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On.
1. The car looks better with them on...just my opinion.
2. More attention paid by other drivers (safety). I don't think the cops pay attention to DRLs anymore.
3. See #2
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Have you ever, in broad daylight, pulled out to pass someone on a rural highway and been surprised by an oncoming car? If that oncoming car had DRLs, you would have seen them much more easily. Making yourself visible prevents someone else from making the same error.

As for the cop factor, you shouldn't be speeding if you're in front and there's an oncoming vehicle. Instant-on will toast you every time.
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Have you ever, in broad daylight, pulled out to pass someone on a rural highway and been surprised by an oncoming car? If that oncoming car had DRLs, you would have seen them much more easily. Making yourself visible prevents someone else from making the same error.

As for the cop factor, you shouldn't be speeding if you're in front and there's an oncoming vehicle. Instant-on will toast you every time.
I respect your answer. While I have not driven on single lanes roads much, I can see the benefit of DRLs...just that I'm usually driving in a urban/suburban climate. As for the cop factor, I've been stopped while I was the "Chaser". It might just be the cops in my area ( or just my luck) but I haven't had much drama after I started keeping them off.
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In Canada DRLs are required.

In some states in the USA they are required when it rains.
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In Canada DRLs are required.

In some states in the USA they are required when it rains.
I am not sure that some states require DRL's when it rains. I think that you will find that they require the headlights to be on when it rains and therefore the rear lights will be on too. California requires lights to be on when it's raining but expertise in driving here is so minimal that half the people don't turn them on or are too ignorant to know the law. Some cars turn the lights on automatically if the wipers have been on for more than about 10 - 20 seconds.
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Some cars turn the lights on automatically if the wipers have been on for more than about 10 - 20 seconds.
As does most if not all Audis these days. My former '09 A4 and my A6 have this feature for safety. I believe it works with the rain sensor system.
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I think the DRLs are a signature mark of an Audi. Not only do I like the look of having them on all the time but I have made the VCDS change to make them a bit brighter and more pronounced.

IMHO no other car has elegance, sophistication, and luxury all wrapped up in headlight/DRL looks like Audi has.

Not all cars look good with the DRLs on.
BMW's look nice and they have their own look.
Lexus and Mercedes looked like a tacked on afterthought (imo)
Most of the other brands either do not have led DRLs or they look so bad, they aren't worth mentioning.
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As does most if not all Audis these days. My former '09 A4 and my A6 have this feature for safety. I believe it works with the rain sensor system.
Thanks for the info, it's a great feature and negates bad drivers that don't use lights in the rain. I didn't know this because I have only driven in "mist" twice since I bought the car last December and both times at night so the lights were already on. So Cal has only had rain once this year and I went skiing so I missed it!
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In Canada DRLs are required.
Speaking as a Canadian, I fully support our DRL law. I am, however, frustrated by the half-baked nature of the regulation. Only the front of the car is required to be illuminated, which is fine on the face of it. The problem occurs because some manufacturers don't think things through and they fully illuminate the dash lights at all times. Consequently, brain-dead idiots, seeing a splash of light in front of the car and the lit-up dash, assume their lights are on and merrily drive at night, in the rain, through a snow storm, with no tail lights.

Manufacturers (I'm looking at you, Acura, amongst others) could easily solve it by only lighting up the dash once the headlight switch is turned, thereby creating a built-in reminder for said idiots. Alternatively, they could (like Volvo), light up the tail lights at the same time as the DRLs. The ultimate solution, as implemented by Audi, is to slowly turn down the dash illumination as it gets darker, until the lights are then turned on manually. This is a more expensive solution, as it requires a light sensor and is usually paired with automatic headlights.
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Speaking as a Canadian, I fully support our DRL law. I am, however, frustrated by the half-baked nature of the regulation. Only the front of the car is required to be illuminated, which is fine on the face of it. The problem occurs because some manufacturers don't think things through and they fully illuminate the dash lights at all times. Consequently, brain-dead idiots, seeing a splash of light in front of the car and the lit-up dash, assume their lights are on and merrily drive at night, in the rain, through a snow storm, with no tail lights.

Manufacturers (I'm looking at you, Acura, amongst others) could easily solve it by only lighting up the dash once the headlight switch is turned, thereby creating a built-in reminder for said idiots. Alternatively, they could (like Volvo), light up the tail lights at the same time as the DRLs. The ultimate solution, as implemented by Audi, is to slowly turn down the dash illumination as it gets darker, until the lights are then turned on manually. This is a more expensive solution, as it requires a light sensor and is usually paired with automatic headlights.
Hondas are like that too. You see Honda drivers driving around without their lights on all the time, even in the US. Honda/Acura seems to be averse to automatic headlights.
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Hondas are like that too. You see Honda drivers driving around without their lights on all the time, even in the US. Honda/Acura seems to be averse to automatic headlights.
FYI - I have owned 3 Honda/Acuras and they all have/had auto headlights.
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FYI - I have owned 3 Honda/Acuras and they all have/had auto headlights.
Can they be turned off? Maybe thats the problem, the owners don't keep them on Auto and turn them off instead? Whatever the reason, there sure are a lot of them running around at night with no lights on.
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On.
1. The car looks better with them on...just my opinion.
2. More attention paid by other drivers (safety). I don't think the cops pay attention to DRLs anymore.
3. See #2
Ditto that. They have such a distinctive look that you can spot an Audi from further away than just about any other brand.
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Ditto that. They have such a distinctive look that you can spot an Audi from further away than just about any other brand.
At least until some other brand copies them.
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I just find it annoying when people have their full headlights on in the sun.
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At least until some other brand copies them.
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I just find it annoying when people have their full headlights on in the sun.
Why? Do they ruin your view of the sun? Seriously, if the lights are designed to be essentially glare-free in the dark of night, how can they possibly cause you an issue in the bright light of day?
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Why? Do they ruin your view of the sun? Seriously, if the lights are designed to be essentially glare-free in the dark of night, how can they possibly cause you an issue in the bright light of day?
Well no…but they don't help either…I was not trying to be hostile towards driver who keep their lights on during the day, I just find it somewhat annoying and unnecessary. But it's their car so let them do as they please.
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