Are some motorists disconnecting their daytime running lights? If so, why so?
By David Menzies for MSN Autos
Pop quiz: why are there so many late-model cars in Canada without functioning daytime running lights (DRL)?
Oh, and I don’t know the answer, by the way.
Still, the lack of daytime illumination has become conspicuous enough so as to be noticeable. GM, Lexus, Mercedes, Infiniti – you name it – just driving along with no daytime runners.
My first assumption is that the car is visiting from south of the border. r. But no; in every case, the cars have provincial licence plates.
And if the car had been purchased in or imported from the U.S., the vehicle must be equipped with daytime runners – a rule that has been in place for more than two decades.
So what’s the deal? Why are so many vehicles on the road not illuminated as per the law of the land?
Are some motorists actually disconnecting their DRL system? If so, why so? And yes, this is indeed a fineable offense at the discretion of law enforcement.
But still, why would one want to disconnect the DRL system... unless one was a member of the U.S.-based National Motorists Association (NMA)?
- DRLs increase visual glare.
- DRLs obscure the directional signal lights.
- DRLs increase visual clutter.
- DRLs mask other roadway users.
- DRLs reduce the conspicuity of motorcycles.
- DRLs distort distance perception
- DRLs reduce emergency vehicle conspicuity.
- DRLs can discourage motorists from using standard lights.
With all due respect to the creative writer who compiled this list, I’m afraid none of these reasons pass the sniff test. (In other words, come on NMA: just state that you don’t like daytime running lights... but don’t come up with a bunch of cockamamie reasons justifying what is surely an emotional as opposed to scientific stance regarding your opposition.)
But my original dilemma remains: what are so many Canadian cars not illuminated as required? If you do know why, please feel free to – ahem – shed some light on the situation, won’t you?