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Art & Inspiration Who Drives With Their Headlights On During The Daytime?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ct1932ford, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. With most everyone driving distracted today, I always put my lights on while driving my hot rods in the daytime. I have seen so many people crossing the centerline or almost driving off the road while on the phone, texting, eating, drinking, making love,:oops: reading or sleeping. I figure every little bit helps get their attention. Again, I always put mine on, but have noticed not many other people driving hot rods or customs around here do. Do You?
  2. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 19,248

    from Michigan

    Ummm.... Mine are automatic....:)
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  3. partssaloon
    Joined: Jan 28, 2009
    Posts: 472


    We have two lane desert roads with a lot of big RV's pulling boats. People get impatient and pull some pretty stupid passes and a double yellow line doesn't seem to make any difference to them. I run my headlights on all these roads.
  4. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,593


    It became mandatory for motorcycles several years ago so that they could be seen better, probably would help for Hot Rods as well.

  5. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,438


    Mandatory here in NB now.
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  6. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 2,228

    ramblin dan

    It's been so long since I've driven it past dark I don't even know if they work anymore.
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  7. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,846

    from Tampa, FL

    I do, everything I got that's road legal.
  8. No, but you got me thinking about it, the only problem I can think of is if I forget they are on when I get out of the car. o_O HRP
  9. Jimbo17
    Joined: Aug 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,765


    Here in Florida the motto is "Sit low and drive Slow" and you usually see two little grey haired people.
    I always see the signs that say "Watch out for motorcycles they are everywhere"
    Here in Florida people driving cars don't even see cars let along motorcycles.

    Many of the guy's I know no longer ride their Harley's because it is just to dangerous.
  10. kabinenroller
    Joined: Jan 26, 2012
    Posts: 547


    [QUOTE=Here in Florida the motto is "Sit low and drive Slow" and you usually see two little grey haired people.

    I have always called them “Q Tips” Hands at 11&1, white hair, and a top speed of about 27mph.
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  11. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,593

    from Berry, AL

    Nope, only time I use lights is in the rain or at night. I can see where they might help being seen if the road is somewhat shady or the day is overcast, but on bright sunny days I see no need for them. If they can't see something as big as a car, what makes you think they will notice two dim spots of light?
  12. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 1,029


    When I had mine on the road I always did because it was flat black and when you are the color of pavement you need every advantage you can get.
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  13. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,304

    from NKy

    I always ride lights on , while riding my bike . Cars no so much .
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  14. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,141


    I'd not thought about it but............I think it's a good idea, maybe one I will adopt.
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  15. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,392

    0NE BAD 51 MERC

    Run your power lead for the lights through the ignition switch . Ignition ON lights on. Ignition OFF lights off. Have been giving this some thought myself lately. My 2014 F150 are on automatic all the time. My commute puts me on the road about 4 to 600 miles a week and I am amazed how much more I notice cars with their lights on during the day than those that are off. 20 years ago I would have thought you where crazy. Larry
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  16. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,658

    from Zoar, Ohio

    Seen a study Twenty years ago. The percentages of head on collisions dropped with car using their headlights at all times.
    I’ve been running headlights on the everyday cars ever since.
    But I’m too cool to run headlights on the Hotrod’s.
  17. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,660

    from Quincy, IL

    I usually do. My OT vehicles have those low mounted ‘fog’ lights (white color) that I run as recognition lights. The older vehicles don’t have them and headlights are the only real choice unless something else is added.

    I think the added visibility of our vehicles is substantial. I find it especially annoying that so many people have NO lights showing in low natural light conditions. Some vehicles are very difficult to see depending on their color and the pavement coloration. Of course the drivers of those cars can see out better than he can be seen, but apparently doesn’t know, or care.

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  18. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,660

    from Quincy, IL

    Are you too cool to end up dead? Small sized but bright lights could be mounted in a discreet location and up the visibility substantially.........

    I think that is going to be my option of choice.

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  19. Yes I do, and have done for years, on my daily drivers and Hot Rods.
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  20. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,620

    Stu D Baker
    from Illinois

    I run mine on the 37 while on the highway. Anyone remember the single aftermarket white lamp mounted on the grille, back in the late 50's / early 60's?
  21. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,660

    from Quincy, IL

    Yep! DRL’s........Daytime Running Lights...........
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2019
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  22. My light switch is run off my ignition switch. I still only think of turning them on, maybe half of the time. I do flip them on and off when I see radar, or a disabled car along the road etc. But it's proabaly a good idea to run them all the time these days!;) 20171125_165125.jpg .
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2019
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  23. Georgia law requires lights at all times on motorcycles and school buses. Lights in the daytime don't help you see but help others see you.
  24. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 1,551

    oldiron 440

    My grandson and I had this very conversation this evening about 7 going to town. At eight years old he had it figured out.
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  25. chrisp
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 847


    Yes for many years now old cars or newer cars. It's easy to forget them on old cars without a buzzer.
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  26. phelan9251
    Joined: Jan 17, 2016
    Posts: 26


    Sounds like a good idea, what can it hurt?
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  27. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 19,248

    from Michigan

    I turn on my fog lamps on overcast days.... Plus it looks cool..... :cool:
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  28. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,304

    from NKy

    Anything to make you more visible is a positive to lowering crashes. I wish I was smart enough to design a cell phone jamming unit to install on vehicles . Texting and driving kills way more than speed does .
  29. Nope, only at night or in the rain or fog.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2019
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  30. With these new-fangled cars that turn the lights on whenever you turn on the ignition, can you turn them "off" if the car is running and don't want lights?
    Around here it is hard enough to get people to turn their lights on at night, let alone during the day!
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