Should front and tail lights come on when the wipers are activated? In many American states you are required to illuminate your running lights when using the wipers. So it makes sense to do this automatically. And should there be a mechanism to automatically dip the headlights when approaching an oncoming car? This used to be a feature on premium cars. Where I live in Nova Scotia many drivers are unable or unwilling to dip their lights when approaching an oncoming car. This makes it very hard to see, particularly on a wet road, and is exceptionally dangerous when the roads have no shoulder or an unpaved shoulder. – Mike
I agree that it would be a great and safe practice to have the running lights come on with the wipers. It can be done automatically, but would be a bit tricky to co-ordinate so they didn’t flash on and off every time you used the washers.
Seriously, the problem is one of legislation/jurisdictions. As you point out, the laws are different from state to state and from province to province.
The Americans still have not mandated daytime running lights, which personally I believe is wrong because of the proven safety benefits. However, there are still some uninformed people out there who feel it is their right to decide when to put on their lights. If they don’t want daytime running lights, imagine getting them to have their lights on when they used the wipers?
As for your second question, automatic dimming lights are also doable from a technical point of view. But here it is more a matter of cost and complexity.
It is fairly simple to make lights come on automatically when it gets dark, and quite another to devise a system that dims them automatically in the face of oncoming light. It can be done, and is much more effective now than in an early version from 50 years ago. But it does require sending and receiving units and a method to keep both clear during inclement weather.
The technology is improving each year and may also require changes in legislation in order to become more common. In the meantime, I suggest you use the time-honored method of flashing your headlights at oncoming drivers who forget to dim theirs and try to avoid looking directly into the lights as they approach.
I drive a Honda Si and love the car. The original equipment tires wore out and I have replaced them with a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE070 high-performance summer tires. They are great, but the ride is much worse than before. My dealer here in New Brunswick inflated them to 36 psi all around, saying that is what Bridgestone recommends. The owner’s manual says 32/30. Which is correct? – Bert
Honda is correct. The dealer is wrong and I doubt that was Bridgestone’s recommendation either.
That same tire will fit a variety of vehicles, each one requiring different tire pressures. The vehicle manufacturer spends a great deal of time during the development phase determining the best tire size, pressure, etc. It knows best.
Your performance tire will not only supply better grip and total vehicle balance on the Honda at recommended pressures, the ride will improve as well. Probably not to the level of the original equipment all-weather tires.
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