Lt. Commander Data wrote: ↑Thu Jan 26, 2023 3:11 pm
"See and be seen". Vehicles with lights on are more visible than those without.
I dunno, if a driver/rider/pedestrian doesn't see a great big whopping bus coming in broad daylight heading for them then I think they have issue regardless of whether the lights are on or off
A much worse outcome are drivers (of a bus, car, truck, or whatever) who have the attitude of "I have DRLs so don't need my headlights". Even in the dead of night I've seen modern cars driving around with no headlights, and only DRLs - very dangerous indeed.
Yeah, I think the biggest problem there is that some of the DRL's on cars are decently bright and with the dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree independent of the headlights being on or off then they just have no idea.
Merc1107 wrote: ↑Thu Jan 26, 2023 2:10 pm
It's often company (or occasionally Government) policy for buses to have their headlights on during the day; any suggestion that buses have perfectly serviceable DRLs exactly for this purpose falls upon deaf ears, or is met with resistance along the lines of, "the headlight switch should never be touched under ordinary circumstances"
See now that would annoy me.
Personally don't believe running lights is going to be that big of a stressor for the vehicle's electrical system, particularly as LEDs become increasingly common. Air-conditioning, and other ancillary components that are increasingly electrically-driven (like the power steering), would constitute far greater electrical loads than even traditional halogen headlights.
Yeah, that may have been a stretch on my behalf. I guess that i just don't see the point of having the lights burning on bright daylight days on metropolitan roads
. I totally get doing it (although I think that it is unnecessary if you have DRL's) when travelling on country roads and/or when weather conditions are less than optimal.
All good - just my $0.02 worth