DRL's are active when set to 'Auto,' so I'm not sure what that issue would pertain too. Perhaps I am in a neighborhood and don't want to have my lights point into people's homes, maybe I am a private investigator, or perhaps I do actually want to slip away into the night after a dastardly deed, it shouldn't matter. DRL are required in some municipalities, which the 'Auto' setting covers under the laws. Off should be off. That's what off means.In many States and Provinces it is a legal requirement to have DRL. It’s been proven many times over that it increases safety. I suspect manufacturers are simply complying with that.
Why anyone would want to override that is beyond me, unless you’re trying to outrun the law and need your vehicle to be able to go dark to slip away into the darkness?
Also, what sort of situation are you getting yourself into where a one second delay of the horn almost causes an accident?
Sometimes when I want to send a quick blast to a friend as I’m leaving their driveway to say bye, I agree it can be annoying. But I’ve never considered it to be ludicrous nor to be a safety concern. Just the reality of the way the vehicle was designed.
Every vehicle has “something” about it that some people hate, and others love.
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As for the horn, those situations are too numerous to list, but that shouldn't matter. Suffice to say I'm driving along any number of streets and highways where other people drive. Quite frankly ANY delay in the operation of any signal device in a vehicle at all puts the lives of myself, my passengers, and other individuals in danger. There is no equivocation here, when a literal split-second horn toot has saved my life in my Chevy and I can't instantly honk at the bloated sack of protoplasm in a Chrysler who is flying into my lane, while it is still occupied by me. There is no way in back I could drive like this to somewhere like New York City or Miami...