The Association of Drivers Against Daytime Running Lights - DADRL - is actively working to stop governments and manufacturers from installing Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) on motor vehicles. There is no conclusive evidence to show that DRLs are effective at reducing crashes. Rather, there are a number of safety-negative side effects of DRLs on automobiles, including emitting excessive glare to other drivers, masking of other vulnerable road users, and increased energy consumption. Please browse our pages to learn more about how DRLs are an ill-conceived safety gimmick and how you can help us to combat them.
BOYCOTT OF THE MONTH
2019 Nissan - ALL MODELS
Nissan has decided that for the 2018 model year most, if not ALL of its models would come standard with excessively bright LED DRLs. This isn't about safety, folks (see below), it's about a cheap gimmick. If Nissan were truly concerned about safety, they would read the reports about DRL ineffectiveness in the US and choose not to implement them. Instead, they enable the most glaring and cheapest DRL solution. When shopping for a new vehicle, drive past the Nissan dealership.
NHTSA FINDS NO SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT FOR DRLS
Big news: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently released a technical report finds DRLs are of practically no use, and further admits that DRLs have negative safety consequences. In NHTSA's own words:
"The analysis found that DRLs have no statistically significant overall effect on the three target crashes. When combining these three target crashes into one target crash, the drl effects were also not statistically significant. When examined separately for passenger cars and light trucks / van (LTVs) , drls in LTVs significantly reduced LTVs involvement in the target two vehicle by 5.7 percent. However, the remaining drl effects on these three target crashes were not statistically significiant. Although not statistically significant, drls might have unintended consequences for pedestrains and motorcycles. Particularly, the estimated negitive effects for LTV's were relatively large and cannont be completely ignored.
"Currently the NHTSA is in the rulemaking process in response to General Motors (GM) petition to mandate DRLs. This report will affect the rulemaking decision. Therefore the report is considered to contain 'highly influential scientific information'."
The document can be found at www.regulations.gov and entering 2008-0153-0004 in the Search field.
LED Light Can Damage Eyes, Health Authority Warns
Auto makers have been using unnecessarily bright LEDs for DRLs for the past few years. The perceived intensity from these rivals that of the early high-beam DRLs used on Saturns. In some cases, it's worse because the LED light is well into the blue part of the spectrum where the human eye is more sensitive.
Researchers in France have confirmed that "exposure to an intense and
powerful [LED] light is 'photo-toxic' and can lead to irreversible loss
of retinal cells and diminished sharpness of vision."
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