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Daytime running lights

Daytime running lights (DRL) are low powered white lights fitted to the front of vehicles. Their function is to make the vehicle more conspicuous against its background at times when headlights are not typically used. They have been mandatory on European cars since 2011 and trucks since 2012, but in Australia their fitment is optional.  

Overseas studies suggest DRLs offer road safety benefits, however local studies suggest the case for their use in Australia is not as compelling due to the generally higher ambient light levels.

Several automotive electrical equipment manufacturers offer DRL kits for retrofitting. Look for kits that comply with ADR 76/00 or ECE R87.

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