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DRLs have been the subject of many articles. You will find below some of them.
The New York Times

 

Automobiles

Sunday April 14, 1996 Insurance Discounts for Daytime Lights  New York State now requires that auto-insurance companies reduce their premiums by 2.5 to 3percent for residents who own cars with factory installed Daytime Running Lights, which have been shown to reduce head on and side-impact collisions.  

Daytime Running Lights – headlights activated by the ignition, at a lower intensity than the night beam, and stay on-are standard on many 1995 and 96 models. Chuck HURLEY, senior vice president of the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, said 21.3 percent of the 1996 models registered in the United States have the running lights, up from 5.2 percent of the ’95 models.
 

Connecticut has not taken similar action, nor has New Jersey, although the New Jersey Insurance Department said that so far two insurance companies had voluntarily given their policy holders a 5% reduction in the collision premium for cars with Daytime Running Lights.
 

All three states require that headlights be on while windshield wipers are running, but Canada went a step further, making Daytime Running Lights mandatory with the 1990 model year.

Avis Rent a Car conducted a test in eight Northern cities in the United States in 1993; keeping records on 1,500 cars equipped with the lights, plus 1,500 control cars. The results showed that accidents involving the unequipped cars cost 69 percent more to repair said Demetria  Mudar, an Avis spokeswoman. Accidents involving damage greater than $15,000 involved only the unequipped CARS, she said. Two-thirds of the Avis fleet is equipped with Daytime Running Lights.
 

Betsy Wade

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DRLs Ahead for all?

GM asks the federal government to mandate daytime lights. 

Daytime driving will be a lot brighter in ht future if General Motors has its way. Late in December the automaker petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to require daytime running Lights (DRLs) on all new passenger vehicles sold in the US.

 DRLs light up whenever the engine goes on, making the vehicle more conspicuous to pedestrians and other drivers. Most designs use standard low-beam headlights as DRLs, operating them at 80% power to conserve bulb life.

 GM first petitioned NHTSA to permit DRLs in 1990. Since NHTSA approved them three years later, they’re offered as either standard or optional equipment on many models. Several aftermarket suppliers also offer retrofit kits for most other makes and models.

 Proponents say that DRLs make it easier to spot oncoming vehicles and judge their sped and distance, thereby reducing collisions. Statistics bear tout those claims. GM cites an independent study showing a 5percent reduction in daytime, multi-vehicle, non rear end collisions among GM drivers with DRLs since 1995.

 In addition to these types of crashes, we know that DRLs reduce urban daytime vehicle–to-pedestrian crashes by about 9 percent. Said Robert C. Lange, GM’s executive Director of structure and safety integration. A recent study conducted by NHTSA itself showed that DRLs reduce fatal collisions with pedestrians by 28%.

Currently Canada and several European countries mandate DRLs.

Car & travel, a AAA Publication, April 04, 2002

 

 
 

 

 

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