New DRL's (Daytime running lights)

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  1. pvw10

    pvw10 Read Only Funster

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    Twice recently people have pulled out in front of me (its bad enough on my bikes) despite being 7 mtrs long etc etc so decided to buy and fit some DRL's

    I thought best to get ones that turn off with the lights and was amazed that most sets dont ! Anyway i found some large high quality jobbies that seemed to fit the bill, and the Camper he he.

    Lets see if this helps, it wont stop idiots but you never know.............
     

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    bet you get a lot of people telling you your lights are on

    got no end with our volvo few years back

    one lady told us three times
    while we waited for the railcrossing gates to lift

    flashed by oncoming traffic

    just used to wave back in the end
    :thumb::thumb::thumb:​
     
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    I don't think it is much of a issue now TOFO ...since the law came in force all new European vehicles after February 2011 must have daytime running lights:thumb:
     
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    More people pull out on me in the motorhome than ever do on the motorbike despite being 7.5 mtrs long, white and 5ton and I always drive with the lights on. Some take a real risk to make sure they're in front because I assume they think we'll slow them down but then drive slower than us and hold us up.
    So good luck with lights but I don't think they'll make any difference
     
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    People pulling out in front of motorhomes is something that I have observed for many years. It cannot be because they can't see you.
    My theory is that they're expecting you to travel slowly and therefore 1. Pull out in front because they think they have more time than they actually have. 2. Take an extra risk because they don't want to get stuck behind you.
    I hope the lights help but cannot be too optimistic.
     
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    my 61 plate skoda fabia dosnt but the fabia vrs does
    with a slightly different front

    i think as long as the front isnt changed they neednt fit them
    redesign of the front requires them to be fitted /installed

    mind there seems to be quite a number with them know
     
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    DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS UK LAW
    Daytime running lights (sometimes referred to as DRLs or daylight running lamps) are low-wattage bulbs that are fitted to a car to improve visibility during daylight hours. As of 7th February 2011* DRLs have become a mandatory fitting to all new type approved passenger vehicles (except trailers).
    DRLs must switch on with the vehicle ignition and switch off when the vehicle sidelights are switched on. They can also be made to function as front position (side) lights, which operate at a reduced intensity when the vehicle sidelights are switched on.
    You may have already seen DRLs out on the road - many manufacturers such as Audi have fitted them to new models. They can usually be found just below the car's main headlights, and normally switch on with the vehicle ignition and off when the vehicle sidelights are turned on.

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/...&langId=-1&articleId=809953&categoryId=245215
     
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    Err my brand new C1 does not have em???
     
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    I used to have em pulling out on me all the time..I drove a Volvo FH 12 Globetrotter...the cab was 12 foot high and a 13 foot 2 trailer on...sometimes it took a bit of judicious application of the horn to wake em up!!!...It doesn't matter if your lights are on or off they will still pull out on you just to be 10 foot in front...a guy did it on me in Peterboro when I had just left Ferry Meadows CC site as he pulled out of the pub just along from the site..so I asked him if I was on my invisible phase...I think he'd had a few cos he said WHAT DO YOU MEAN!!!!
     
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    i think my 61 fabia gets round it because of previous type approval
    and the modified fronted fabia vrs had to have them fitted

    i had to wait nine months for it to be built
    it was brand new on receipt 11 months back 17 sept 2011

    reading the blurb just before ours was delivered
    i wondered if they would be fitted
    when it turned up no lights

    think its a temporary get out for the manfacturers :thumb:
     
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    dlr

    my sept2011 kia cee`d 2 does not have them.
    tboy
     
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    Mmmmmm....Errrrrrrr Ken I don't know what to say???? as my RAPIDO does, when we picked it up in April 2011... I asked why was my lights on all the time... they told it was compulsory/regulation ??? :Doh:.....

    The only reason I can think of

    Was the car new but older than February 2011 before the regulation came about...meaning new but not registered in 2011/2012..until you purchased it..
    The maybe the reason because of the world economy problems, there must have been loads of stock piled cars not being sold,... they are not going to throw away cars produced before that date are they:Doh:
    Just a thought, but I could be totally wrong..and there may be another simple reason
     
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    This is what I have just said to Ken the car was produced before the regulations
     
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    Bought delivery leds from LED.com they have them specifically for some motorhomes . Mines fitted into the long recesses each side below the main lights , full instructions with them and very easy to follow them and hit the lights , read them a couple of times before starting to fit them it will only take about an hour and half to fit excellent product .
     
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