Not got daytime running lamps on your car yet? Then it’s high time! For one thing, we’re starting to get more gloomy days that increasingly call for light even in the daytime. On the other hand, the deteriorating weather and shorter days mean there are fewer opportunities for enjoying working on your car. Fortunately, it takes relatively little time to install the LED Light@Day daytime running light kit from Osram.
Here are the steps:
I recently had the pleasure of driving from Northern Italy, through Austria, clear across Germany and all the way to Scandinavia in just two days. In the borderless Schengen Area of Europe, you can easily drive across a national border without evening noticing. But what you will notice right away is that despite Schengen and all the other agreements uniting Europe, the countries have very different regulations governing the use of vehicle lights during the day.
In Italy, daytime running lights are required outside of towns and on highways. And Italians comply with the law without any major exceptions, just as they do with the ban on smoking. But I had hardly crossed the border into Austria when the density of lights decreased. And no wonder: while the same law existed there from 2005 to 2007, it was repealed in 2008, apparently because more light caused more accidents, since pedestrians and cyclists are harder to see. However, it’s not against the law to drive during the day with your low beams on or other, special daytime running lights. And because more and more motor vehicles are being equipped with daytime running lights, and many drivers aren’t inclined to accept the government’s reasoning, you do indeed see numerous cars with their lights on. (more…)