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Is that right, DRL's are a MOT item even though the driver has the option to turn them off? I've seen a lot of newer cars than mine this week that obviously have faulty DRL's on one side or the other.
 

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Is that right, DRL's are a MOT item even though the driver has the option to turn them off? I've seen a lot of newer cars than mine this week that obviously have faulty DRL's on one side or the other.
The May 2018 changes to the UK MOT test specifically included checking DRLs, but only on cars first used on or after 1 March 2018. Front DRLs have been mandatory on all new cars sold in Europe from 2011 onwards although some manufacturers fit them to the rear too. So, if your car is March 2018 onwards, the DRLs must be working for the test. If your car allows you to switch them off (some do, some don't) afterwards, then of course you are entitled to do so.
 

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Is that right, DRL's are a MOT item even though the driver has the option to turn them off? I've seen a lot of newer cars than mine this week that obviously have faulty DRL's on one side or the other.
The May 2018 changes to the UK MOT test specifically included checking DRLs, but only on cars first used on or after 1 March 2018. Front DRLs have been mandatory on all new cars sold in Europe from 2011 onwards although some manufacturers fit them to the rear too. So, if your car is March 2018 onwards, the DRLs must be working for the test. If your car allows you to switch them off (some do, some don't) afterwards, then of course you are entitled to do so.
 

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Thanks for the info, I have a 2010 car with DRL's so they won't ever be an MOT failure if I've switched them off, right?
That's right. The first cars to be subject to DRL testing will have their initial MOT in March 2021. Under the current regulations, your 2010 car will never need to have it's DRLs tested.
 

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depend on the tester as they could be classed as position lamps
I doubt if there is a firmware setting that allows the user to permanently disable the sidelights/position lights, in such a way that they would not work at the MOT...
 

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Not good news if you’re disabling the DRLs because the LEDs are not working as they cannot be replaced separately from the entire headlamp units.
 

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I have noticed a lot of oncoming cars that are built in Asia that don't have full DRLs working and my car is a lot older than them!
 

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I'm not sure why you'd want to turn them off...

As an aside. If you do have an accident, God Forbid, the insurance company will ask whether the DRLs were on or not, they did when our 500 was written off, so I'd think twice.......

Not a rant, just based on my experience.
 

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Three reasons for turning them off.

Some people think they look silly

They can and do fail, turning them off makes them last longer.

They make next to no difference as to whether people see you or not in normal conditions, in fact there is an arguement that people see the lights and not the vehicle with them on which makes it harder to judge its speed.

I have tried on and off and people pull out in front of you just the same either way.

I can see some benefit if you keep forgetting to put on your lights in poor visibility though...
 

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You can turn them
Off from the uconnect unit
There is an option in there or at least there is on mine


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Three reasons for turning them off.

Some people think they look silly

They can and do fail, turning them off makes them last longer.

They make next to no difference as to whether people see you or not in normal conditions, in fact there is an arguement that people see the lights and not the vehicle with them on which makes it harder to judge its speed.

I have tried on and off and people pull out in front of you just the same either way.

I can see some benefit if you keep forgetting to put on your lights in poor visibility though...


Silly? Yes but then again some people think fog lights look cool... Go figure. Also - who cares?

They’re LEDs, they’ll last forever.

And if they make next to no difference, there isn’t a loss if you leave them on right? Doesn’t hurt, might help one day. Dunno about the UK, would have thought the perpetual gloom would make them useful. Here in Australia they’re a good idea, the bright white light cuts through the bright sunshine and are especially good on high speed country roads where a car can hide in shadows etc when your eyes are adjusted to bright light.

Same reason I use a very bright rear light on my bike when cycling in the country even on summer days.

Leave them on, no real reason turn them off IMO.
 

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I can see some benefit if you keep forgetting to put on your lights in poor visibility though...

Came back from North Wales last night in wet conditions but visibility was not so restricted that fog lights were needed. On the M56 a mid grey coloured car in front was difficult see without any rear lights. Once I passed, looked in the rear view and saw it was displaying lights to the front. I presumed DRLs. The Giulietta is similar, DRLs on the front nothing on the back. In poor conditions you need to check there is a full set of light on.
 
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