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Is there a setting for: headlights on a whenever you drive?

MaryAnning3

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I would tend to prefer having my headlights on all of the time when I drive. When I put headlights on auto, they tend to stay off during the day. When I select on, I get a notice when I park that "range may be reduced" (or something like that), so I going into controls and turn them off manually. I mean, it is no big deal, but do I need to turn them off manually when I park?

Do other people like to drive with headlights on during the day? If so, what's the easiest way to do that? I guess I am wondering why there does not seem to be a setting "headlights on while driving"? I think that is the safest way to drive and would be the best way to get Tesla's safety record as high as possible. I am thinking that LED headlights use very little power. Less than 100 Watts maybe? (Which seems pretty negligible compared to the 5000 to 15000 Watt burn rate while driving?) Any thoughts?
 

SabrToothSqrl

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.. not being a smart ass.. but are you aware that the car has daytime running lights..? these are on during the day and make the car more visible than no lights...
 
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_richard

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I too am in this camp and like to drive with 100% lights on, (weak) daytime running lights or not. I want 100% maximum visibility. It's clearly safer.
 
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SabrToothSqrl

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I suggest leaving the option in the 'on' setting then. It's not like it can kill the battery in 8 hours anyway...

I'd also argue that I hate it when I see a car in daytime with the lights on... makes it blinding from the front and annoying from the back, as it's harder to distinguish brake lights vs. lights in daytime.... but you do you :)
 
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Brando

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side note: (help you Canadians out there) I believe Canada has/had (?) a regulation that whenever the vehicle engine was on, the lights had to be on. I think this regulation was/did decrease pedestrians walking out in front of moving car and getting killed. sorry Darwin. o_O

running light LEDs should be good enough - if not, the vehicle makers should make better. Otherwise the F___ regulators will have to step in.
F___ = Feds :rolleyes:

@SabrToothSqrl sometime think tail/rear vehicle lights show show
- steady speed
- braking
- accelerating
- direction change ( and all turn signals should be yellow - i.e. not shared with tail lights red)

Future automation may remove need to inform the so called driver?? :D
  • V to V = Vehicle to Vehicle (radio/wireless) could tell the vehicle computers and perhaps skip the organic vehicle computer.o_O
 
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SabrToothSqrl

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Agreed on the tail lights. I HATE when turn signals aren't separate and separate colors.. US is pretty much only country that allows that. Not that anyone uses turn signals anyway ;)
 
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RedSafari

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I used to drive my previous car (Prius) with low beams always on. No one ever accidentally cut me off in three years, and I thought it was because of the brighter than most cars' daytime lights. It definitely felt safer.
With the Model 3 I planned to do the same, but in a year of ownership no one has cut me off either. Perhaps this car's daytime lights are bright enough. In any case, I have not tried it personally, but at delivery my advisor said that low beams should stay on once you turn them on.
 
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Argoniii

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side note: (help you Canadians out there) I believe Canada has/had (?) a regulation that whenever the vehicle engine was on, the lights had to be on. I think this regulation was/did decrease pedestrians walking out in front of moving car and getting killed. sorry Darwin. o_O

running light LEDs should be good enough - if not, the vehicle makers should make better. Otherwise the F___ regulators will have to step in.
F___ = Feds :rolleyes:

@SabrToothSqrl sometime think tail/rear vehicle lights show show
- steady speed
- braking
- accelerating
- direction change ( and all turn signals should be yellow - i.e. not shared with tail lights red)

Future automation may remove need to inform the so called driver?? :D
  • V to V = Vehicle to Vehicle (radio/wireless) could tell the vehicle computers and perhaps skip the organic vehicle computer.o_O
We get daytime running lights in Canada The headlights go on, usually high beam at low intensity, and no tail lights. Tesla has no interest in adding Canadian programing to US tesla's which is why we can not import used US tesla's to Canada
 

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