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I'm interested in having my tail lights on with the front DRLs. Does anyone know if this is possible either through coding or wiring?
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The easiest way to have your tail lights on with the daytime running lights is to turn the headlight switch to the first setting, (park / position). This will activate all lights, except the headlights. Don't worry, if you forget to turn the switch back to the off setting when you get out the lights will turn off automatically after 30 seconds. When I checked the online manual I discovered you can adjust this time delay on the infotainment panel, so they will go off more quickly.

While looking at the online manual I also found you can deactivate the auto-dimming feature on the dash lights. This will allow you to be able to see the gauges and infotainment panel during the daytime when you turn the light switch to the first setting. To do this you turn the dimming switch to the right until you hear a beep. Going to give that a try today.

I would agree that if the daytime lights are on, the tail lights should also be lit because you want to be seen from all sides. I don't understand why automakers don't set it up this way in the first place. I ride a motorcycle and since the late-70's every motorcycle I have owned has been manufactured with NO light switch. If the bike is running, all lights including the headlight are on. There is only a high / low switch. Not sure why cars and trucks cannot be the same.

Although this doesn't actually answer your question, it offers an alternative. It also provided me with a chance to learn more about my CX-3. Thanks.
 

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I would agree that if the daytime lights are on, the tail lights should also be lit because you want to be seen from all sides. I don't understand why automakers don't set it up this way in the first place.
If I'm correct, automatic daytime running lights were made mandatory in 2011 for all new (type of) cars in the European Union. It only concerns lighting at the front of the car, lighting at the rear was not allowed according to the European directive.
Since 2015 it is permitted to also couple the taillights to the daytime running lights.
 

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The easiest way to have your tail lights on with the daytime running lights is to turn the headlight switch to the first setting, (park / position). This will activate all lights, except the headlights. Don't worry, if you forget to turn the switch back to the off setting when you get out the lights will turn off automatically after 30 seconds. When I checked the online manual I discovered you can adjust this time delay on the infotainment panel, so they will go off more quickly.

While looking at the online manual I also found you can deactivate the auto-dimming feature on the dash lights. This will allow you to be able to see the gauges and infotainment panel during the daytime when you turn the light switch to the first setting. To do this you turn the dimming switch to the right until you hear a beep. Going to give that a try today.

I would agree that if the daytime lights are on, the tail lights should also be lit because you want to be seen from all sides. I don't understand why automakers don't set it up this way in the first place. I ride a motorcycle and since the late-70's every motorcycle I have owned has been manufactured with NO light switch. If the bike is running, all lights including the headlight are on. There is only a high / low switch. Not sure why cars and trucks cannot be the same.

Although this doesn't actually answer your question, it offers an alternative. It also provided me with a chance to learn more about my CX-3. Thanks.
Thanks Malks. Yeah, I'm actually already aware of the park position on the light controls and how to turn the interior lights to max / no auto dim. If there were a way to have the interior lights on max in park position and still have it auto dim when you go to full lights, this would be a winner. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. I know its asking a lot but I'd really love to have this as automated as possible which is why I'm looking for the harder solution.
 

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I ride a motorcycle and since the late-70's every motorcycle I have owned has been manufactured with NO light switch. If the bike is running, all lights including the headlight are on. There is only a high / low switch. Not sure why cars and trucks cannot be the same.
I'm also a motorcyclist and like the fact that I can always count on having lighting on, not that that means anyone will see me anyway. Interestingly, just in the last few years, motorcycles started having true DRL in the United States because they adopted auto headlights. So now they can do cool things with LED DRLs and still comply.
 
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