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#4655245 - 02/03/18 07:59 PM Driving at night with map lights on?
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2963
Loc: USA
Is this legal or illegal to do? When I was a kid, I was always told to not turn on the overhead map lights when in the car at night because the cops would pull you over for it.

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#4655250 - 02/03/18 08:02 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45]
earlyre Online   sleepy


Registered: 11/22/11
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Loc: Lima, Ohio, USA
dosn't seem very safe,I would think it would mess with your night vision...


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#4655268 - 02/03/18 08:20 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 11/14/08
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Ya know, I kinda remember my Dad saying something similar. Cops must have had more time in the old days.
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#4655271 - 02/03/18 08:24 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45]
madRiver Offline


Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 3533
Loc: New England
I canít see when my daughter does it.

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#4655273 - 02/03/18 08:25 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 683
Loc: South Carolina
I usually change my map lights out for red bulbs. I don't know why that isn't standard equipment.
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#4655274 - 02/03/18 08:26 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45]
Chris142 Offline


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Same as my wife face booking in the car at high. I have to tell her to knock it off.
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#4655299 - 02/03/18 08:49 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 11/23/16
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I can deal with passengers on their phones at night (better than talking to them smile ) but any extra lights on are grounds for me to yell at someone.
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#4655304 - 02/03/18 08:52 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 12/30/06
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Loc: Dallas,Tx USA
Originally Posted By: Reddy45
Is this legal or illegal to do? When I was a kid, I was always told to not turn on the overhead map lights when in the car at night because the cops would pull you over for it.


Same here,our parents always told us that same thing.
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#4655308 - 02/03/18 08:59 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45]
Starman2112 Offline


Registered: 11/27/15
Posts: 313
Loc: East Tennessee
Iíve never heard of anyone getting pulled over for it. It does make it difficult to see though.
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#4655320 - 02/03/18 09:18 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32631
Loc: ME
More "dad lore" than law. I've been cover to cover in my state's rules and see nothing about white interior lights. Blue over a certain level is verboten.

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#4655328 - 02/03/18 09:30 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: eljefino]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 11924
Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: eljefino
More "dad lore" than law. I've been cover to cover in my state's rules and see nothing about white interior lights.


I seem to remember the same lore, can't remember if dad said it or if it was everyone else.

When I was a kid the in thing was to put in red side marker lights into our vehicles, in the interior. I rigged mine up, and when dad asked what they were for, I was a bit embarrassed to call 'em what they were called--called them hall lights instead. Ah, those were the days...
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#4655341 - 02/03/18 09:39 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41768
Loc: New Jersey
I had never heard of it being illegal, rather that it is not best practice because it affects your eyes and night vision.

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#4655357 - 02/03/18 10:04 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45]
Blkstanger Offline


Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1945
Loc: Lakeside, CA
My Jeep has some that are very directional. My Wife can use the one on her side and it doesn't bother me at all.
My work truck (Freightliner) has both map lights and red black out lights that work nice. Typically though map lights drive me nuts.
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#4655372 - 02/03/18 10:23 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45]
irv Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 1058
Loc: Oshawa, Ont. Canada
It annoys me as well and I don't stand for it. My wife will occasionally use the lighted visor mirror and that also bothers me. Imo, it illuminates the whole interior and reflects off the inside windshield, which of course, creates vision driving problems.

I have never heard about it being illegal either.
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#4655422 - 02/03/18 11:40 PM Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: eyeofthetiger]
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Registered: 03/11/09
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Loc: Cedarbrae, Ontario
Originally Posted By: eyeofthetiger
I usually change my map lights out for red bulbs. I don't know why that isn't standard equipment.
This is what I do. Replace with red LED lights.
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