- July 3, 2014
- Reaction score
- City, State
- Niagara, Ontario
- Year, Model & Trim Level
- 2015 Explorer Sport
I guess the first sort of 'day time running lights' I saw was in the late 50's when it seemed there was a fad to install a single light in the center of the grille. BTW, DRL also help on those bright hazy days when the heat is simmering off the roads. It makes oncoming vehicle much easier to see.
Yeah Peter, I've seen old photos of that, and they were against the highway traffic act (HTA) regulations then, just as they are now. That is one infraction the police seem to keep enforced, or nobody wants to try it - you can't have a single headlight in the centre of a vehicle. Unless it's a motorcycle of course.
The studies I recall (there are so many variables that are changing the study has to be well-designed to give any meaningful results) had an initial benefit that diminished over time as people adjusted to always looking for just DRL's, instead of looking for anything coming that might not have lights on it.
As a motorcyclist, I would prefer cars not have DRL's, and motorcycles to have them. I think a bike would then have a better chance of being seen by someone who isn't looking.