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Re: DRLs or no DRLs?

For those interested, the Base Laredo with the All Weather Capability Group has DRL (US Version).

Actually, I upgraded to that package partly because I have come to like the DRL. Here we have lots of cloudy/rainy days where the headlights won't stay on in Auto mode but you really want people to see you (with the Silver you can blend into the clouds). I don't recall the EVIC having a setting to change.
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:11 PM
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Re: DRLs or no DRLs?

Just an update...

Finally made it into the dealer and the activated the DRLs, no issue. Laredo X without the All Weather group or any of the OR groups.
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Re: DRLs or no DRLs?

I find this very weird that only certain trim levels would get DRL's as if it were some "fancy" option or something. DRL's arent even an option they are for safety. On most cars the DRL's are the high beam bulb running at a lower voltage. On GM cars they are usually those bright amber bulbs that you always see. On my current car my 2007 Acura TL it has a dedicated housing that is only DRL since the car has bi-xenons. On cars without auto on/off headlights the DRL's should be on anytime the headlight switch is set to off or park lamps. This is just generally speaking I have no clue about the Jeep since I dont own one yet, but I still find it odd that some have DRL's and some dont. You would think its a standard safety feature by now just like how all trim levels have airbags.
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Re: DRLs or no DRLs?

Yeah who knows. The DRLs on the Laredo are just the high beams at low voltage.

I always kind of poo poo'ed DRLs, but I got so used to them on my Lexuses that I kind of felt unsafe with the Jeep not having them...
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Re: DRLs or no DRLs?

Base Laredo (not X) so no bixenon headlighs here, aka no daytime running lights. edit: I guess no DRLs by default... As it seems members are having this enabled by dealer?

Anyway, If I feel the need to be seen I manually run the headlights, or sometimes the parking lights + fogs.
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Re: DRLs or no DRLs?

Yes, you can have them manually enabled by the dealer if you want.
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Re: DRLs or no DRLs?

DRLs add nothing to safety, IMHO. I can't count how many times at night around here I see cars with no tail lights but the instrument lights are on because the DRLs are on. They're not really lighting the road and the car cannot be seen from behind easily. People drive this way for miles and are more likely to cause an accident because of the DRLs system than whatever dubious help they provide in daylight hours. I unplugged my DRLs on my Ltd because I'm not legally required to have them, they are nil for added safety and they look stupid. If the conditions are bad I just turn on my lights as is the law in every U.S. state.
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Re: DRLs or no DRLs?

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DRLs add nothing to safety, IMHO. I can't count how many times at night around here I see cars with no tail lights but the instrument lights are on because the DRLs are on. They're not really lighting the road and the car cannot be seen from behind easily. People drive this way for miles and are more likely to cause an accident because of the DRLs system than whatever dubious help they provide in daylight hours. I unplugged my DRLs on my Ltd because I'm not legally required to have them, they are nil for added safety and they look stupid. If the conditions are bad I just turn on my lights as is the law in every U.S. state.
Well interior instrument lighting has nothing to do with the DRL systems. So the clueless people you see driving at night with no other lights on besides DRL's you can actually thank the DRL's for being on because if it werent for them they would have NO lights on whatsoever. A lot of newer cars however use gauge cluster lighting at all times that are even illuminated during the day regardless if you have lights on or not. So these people that drive at night and forget to turn their lights on usually own a car that has the constant on gauge cluster lighting. Now ofcourse their other dash lights wont be illuminated such as the center stack, but thats because the person is oblivious to anything anyway. So the moral of this story is, the DRL lamps are not tied into interior lighting configurations whatsoever.
On my 07 Acura TL for example the DRL's are on AT ALL TIMES except for when the HID headlamps are on.

Anyway, as for safety people can argue this all day long, but I personally think they do make a car more visible during day light hours. I cant say that DRL's have actually saved me from colliding with another car, but without a doubt a car with two illuminated lamps on the front will stand out and be more obvious than one without them.

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Re: DRLs or no DRLs?

yes all dealer can activate wit the witec the DRL modus!

in the WK also in the WK2
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DRLs add nothing to safety, IMHO. I can't count how many times at night around here I see cars with no tail lights but the instrument lights are on because the DRLs are on. They're not really lighting the road and the car cannot be seen from behind easily. People drive this way for miles and are more likely to cause an accident because of the DRLs system than whatever dubious help they provide in daylight hours. I unplugged my DRLs on my Ltd because I'm not legally required to have them, they are nil for added safety and they look stupid. If the conditions are bad I just turn on my lights as is the law in every U.S. state.
Good for you and thanks for sharing.

I obviously wanted the DRLs and now I have them.
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A lot of newer cars however use gauge cluster lighting at all times that are even illuminated during the day regardless if you have lights on or not.
Yes and they also have DRLs. So when the clueless drivers see some resemblance of illumination on the ground ahead at night (the DRLs), they also see their instrument lights on and think they have their lights on. It is more dangerous than having a driver consciously act to turn on lights. On my old GM cars when I disabled the DRLs, it also disabled the automatic-on instrument lights, FWIW. If the DRLS weren't on then they'd at least have some feedback to turn on their lights.
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Then I would suppose the dealer can disable the DRL? Anyone done this on the GC?
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