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Driving at night with map lights on? #4655245
02/03/18 07:59 PM
02/03/18 07:59 PM
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
Reddy45 Offline OP
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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.

Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45] #4655250
02/03/18 08:02 PM
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dosn't seem very safe,I would think it would mess with your night vision...

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Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45] #4655268
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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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Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45] #4655271
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I canít see when my daughter does it.

Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45] #4655273
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I usually change my map lights out for red bulbs. I don't know why that isn't standard equipment.


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Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45] #4655274
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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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Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45] #4655299
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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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Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45] #4655304
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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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Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45] #4655308
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Iíve never heard of anyone getting pulled over for it. It does make it difficult to see though.


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Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45] #4655320
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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.

Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: eljefino] #4655328
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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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Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45] #4655341
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I had never heard of it being illegal, rather that it is not best practice because it affects your eyes and night vision.

Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45] #4655357
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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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Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: Reddy45] #4655372
02/03/18 10:23 PM
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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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Re: Driving at night with map lights on? [Re: eyeofthetiger] #4655422
02/03/18 11:40 PM
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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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