How do you activate the daytime running lights?

How do you activate the daytime running lights?
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Some models are equipped with a supplemental daytime running light system. Essentially, this system turns on the headlights at a dimmer setting than what’s used at night to provide visibility for other drivers during the day. It’s particularly helpful for drivers at sunrise and sunset, when glare can blind them to other vehicles. To activate your daytime running lights, you must:

Have the ignition in the on position.
Turn the headlights off, or put them in parking light mode, or auto light mode.
The system should automatically turn on if these conditions are met.


Your daytime running lights will not turn on if the transmission is in park.
The lights will not turn on in a manual transmission car if the parking brake is engaged.

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Use your five-way control switch, located on the left side of your steering wheel. Scroll to settings, vehicle, lighting. Scroll to daytime running lights. If daytime running lights are set to on and you want to use them, turn the lighting control to the auto lamp position.
Daytime running lights, sometimes referred to as DRLs or DTRs, are lights that switch on automatically when your 2012 Ford Escape is turned on and in drive. Since the daytime running lights are on whenever you are driving your Escape, they are often the first bulbs to burn out.
Check the contact point of the bulb for melting. Check the fuse if both daytime running lights are not working. If the fuse is blown, there is likely another condition with the electrical circuit, like bad sockets or a wiring issue. The ambient sensor could also be disconnected or faulty.
Daytime running lights (DRLs) are designed to make your vehicle more visible in bright, daytime conditions. They should come on automatically when you start your engine.
The main purpose of daytime running lights are to make it easier for other drivers to see you in conditions where you don`t need your headlights. Whether you have daytime running lights or not, you should always switch your headlights on when it`s dark outside.
There`s not much of a learning curve needed here. DRLs operate all on their own. They illuminate when you engage the ignition and extinguish when the headlights activate. The driver has no real control over operating DRLs because there is no DRL on-off switch.
Daytime Running Lights

They cannot replace the use of a regular headlight during the night, but provide more visibility during regular driving. These bulbs are ultimately the same as the headlights, but will be turned on at a lower power, giving off a dimmer light.

Automatic headlights will turn on when a sensor detects that it`s getting dark outside. Daytime running lights, on the other hand, stay on whenever your car is running. These low-intensity lights are an added safety feature and have been proven to reduce daytime collisions, according to the IIHS.
DRLs increase a vehicle`s visibility during daylight hours and therefore improve road safety. Can DRLs be used at night-time? No, as they do not produce enough light to illuminate the road at night-time.
Unlike city lights and dipped headlights, daytime running lights can only be white. Daytime running lights are not compulsory on your vehicle but will make your situation safer.
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Often located around the headlights, DRLs are found on the front fascia near the sides of the vehicle. DRLs are the Baby Bear of front lights. That is, they are not too bright and not too dim. They`re just right to illuminate a car`s front, somewhere in between parking lights and low-beam headlights.
Often located around the headlights, DRLs are found on the front fascia near the sides of the vehicle. DRLs are the Baby Bear of front lights. That is, they are not too bright and not too dim. They`re just right to illuminate a car`s front, somewhere in between parking lights and low-beam headlights.
If your daytime lights are on, the option will be checked on the screen. To turn them off, just uncheck the option. You can also use the headlight control knob to turn them off. Your headlight control allows you to turn your headlights on manually or set them to automatic.
Daytime Running Lamp Symbols

These are the Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) symbols. One of these lights will be on in green with small dots or lines radiating out from an oval shape whenever the running lamps are switched on.

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