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October 03, 2009


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Layne M

Hyundai, at least for '07 our Santa Fe, has a very simple solution.

If you leave the light switch in the "On" position, then all lights are on as soon as the vehicle is running. When the vehicle is turned off, the lights turn off automatically and the light switch never has to be touched.

This is not the fool-proof, full-on design that you are suggesting, but it also gives me the flexibility to turn off the lights as may be needed. Of course DRL is always in control.

With regards to Transport Canada and a new regulation, it might not be necessary, because in a few years the majority of vehicles on the road will by Hyundais. ;-)


Subaru does the same thing (not sure about the newer models, but the previous generation(s) did) as the above post regarding the Hyundai.

I once owned a 1990 Honda Accord where all the lights came on, front and rear full intensity as soon as the parking brake lever was lowered. I have no idea why Honda only did it that one year. That was also the only year the front headlights were glass instead of some plastic guaranteed to cloud over in a few years, greatly reducing night time intensity.

Part of the problem (yes, my significant other falls into this category) are cars with automatic lighting systems. The lights come on when it's dark, go off when it's light - I bet some driver's don't even know where the switch is for manual control - they just drive along blissfully unaware and let the car control the lights. However, I bet they know every control and command on their iPhone.

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