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Old 04-22-2013, 07:02 PM   #29
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We used hand pops and lume rounds from the mortar pit. Day for nite.

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Old 04-22-2013, 07:31 PM   #30
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True fog lights work by lighting the road "under" the fog.
If you have noticed, if you bright beam the road in fog, visibility is worse.
That was one reason truckers had the lights under the bumpers.

Now for those pesky high-beam drivers.........the ones that bothered me the most were the ones that drove behind you with their lights on bright. A courteous alert driver would dim them with a few taps on the brake pedal. But many and [most today] are oblivious to anyone else on the road.

I had a perfect solution when I was a smart alec kid.
I had a '72 Datsun 1600 pickup. The solution?
Aircraft landing lights mounted under the bed of the pickup.
Baby if they didn't dim them after that, they got a good dose and the swerving began.

Now don't tell me you didn't wish you had thought of that once or twice!
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Tilting the inside rear-view to shine brights back in the face of the from-the-rear Offenders is what I was taught to do- and it's still remarkably effective at getting them to dim their brights!


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Old 04-22-2013, 08:59 PM   #32
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Tilting the inside rear-view to shine brights back in the face of the from-the-rear Offenders is what I was taught to do- and it's still remarkably effective at getting them to dim their brights!


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Very clever Francesca - I hadn't thought of that!
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:01 PM   #33
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Can I get a tutorial on this from my mirror to your eyes technique? Do you see a band of light on a face? Do you have to shift your head over toward center of vehicle or do you adjust while watching thru outside mirror? Does the driver behind burst into flame? No, that's magnifying glass; I have no clue how this is accomplished.

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I've used that technique, but I like my Aircraft Landing Lights better. lol.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:13 PM   #35
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Can I get a tutorial on this from my mirror to your eyes technique?

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You just reach up and straighten the mirror so it shines straight back. Most times folks don't even realize they've still got their brights on, and it clues them in. It's a lot safer than hitting the brakes...also less confrontational.

Try it- you'll like it!

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Old 04-23-2013, 12:29 PM   #36
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Toyota, for safety, turns on their headlights but at 50% brightness, when I turn on the lights they are as bright as the auxiliary lights. The newer 2013 FJ has a switch that bypass this feature.
Yes they are a safety feature and when at 50% they are known as Daylight running lights and every car sold in Canada as well as a number of other countries requires by law that as soon as the key is turned those lights come on - no way to turn them off.

Funny enough I have had a number of cars over the years including Subaru's with this feature. The first time I took the Subaru I purchased in the USA into the dealer here to be serviced about part way through the servicing I noticed the service manager and the mechanic who was working on my car hunched over a computer and discussing an issue with my car. I went over and the mechanic explained I had a warning light on the dash he had never seen before it said DLR. I giggled and explained it had baffled me as well for a day or two until I realized it meant the Day Light Running lights were on. They had a good laugh and asked why would anyone need to know that as they are always going to be on anytime you start the car - would be better if the light came on the dash to warn you they were not working. Had to explain in the US they are actually not required thus the reason for it - still agree not a great deal of sense to having a light telling you they are on if there is no way of turning them off.
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There is a way to turn them off. Apply the parking brake.
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Had to explain in the US they are actually not required thus the reason for it - still agree not a great deal of sense to having a light telling you they are on if there is no way of turning them off.
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There is a way to turn them off. Apply the parking brake.
That no longer works with (most) newer vehicles.
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At the Gustafson Lake armed standoff with police, I was at the roadblock in a rental Ford Explorer. Had to run the engine at times during the night to keep warm. Police, of course, didn't appreciate having the place lit up, given we were in the bush and facing people with long guns who had used them.
Pulling the hand brake shut down the parking and running lights.
I'd already cut the wires on the interior lights, since I could find no way to shut them off.
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"Driving lights are used in conjunction with high beams and shoot the light far down the road. " not here in the lower 48, when you put on your high beams, both auxiliary driving and fog lights, factory or after market, must shut off.
I have read through the Florida Statutes and it appears they treat fog lamps under the rules for low beam headlamps and aux driving lamps under the rules of high beam headlamps, as far as beam pattern and usage.

You can have driving lamps to supplement the high beams, but they must turn off when you dip the headlamps. You can have fog lamps on with low beams, but the low beams must be on when the fog lamps or on and they must turn off when high beams are turned on.

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Yes they are a safety feature and when at 50% they are known as Daylight running lights and every car sold in Canada as well as a number of other countries requires by law that as soon as the key is turned those lights come on - no way to turn them off.

Funny enough I have had a number of cars over the years including Subaru's with this feature. The first time I took the Subaru I purchased in the USA into the dealer here to be serviced about part way through the servicing I noticed the service manager and the mechanic who was working on my car hunched over a computer and discussing an issue with my car. I went over and the mechanic explained I had a warning light on the dash he had never seen before it said DLR. I giggled and explained it had baffled me as well for a day or two until I realized it meant the Day Light Running lights were on. They had a good laugh and asked why would anyone need to know that as they are always going to be on anytime you start the car - would be better if the light came on the dash to warn you they were not working. Had to explain in the US they are actually not required thus the reason for it - still agree not a great deal of sense to having a light telling you they are on if there is no way of turning them off.
I must disagree that DRLs(or DLRs) are a safety feature.
From what I've seen they become a hazard at dusk or dawn or in inclement weather. Many drivers treat them as a substitute for headlights (which also includes taillights). In the above conditions vehicles with only DRLs are not visible to those who are overtaking them in traffic.
Ersatz safety feature at best!
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