aarond12 wrote:One thing that ES owners may not know: If you leave your running lights on all the time (not the headlights), they will turn off and on automatically with the key.
Perhaps I'm misunderstanding, but I was under the impression I can't turn off the DRLs at all.
To clarify, the DRL/fog lamps each contain two bulbs. The lower powered DRL bulb basically lights up the fixture itself, making the car more visible to other drivers (which is the general idea behind DRLs) - I believe these turn on whenever the car is put in gear. The bulbs for the fog lights are much higher powered, and they're only turned on when manually activated. I don't use them very often (we don't get much fog or snow and roads around me have streetlights, but they're quite handy in unlit areas), but as I recall they automatically turn off whenever the car or the headlights are powered down (I just leave my headlights on AUTO, so don't pay too much attention), and need to be manually turned back on when wanted again.
I later realized aarond12 might be referring to the parking lights (sometimes called running lights, which gets a little confusing in a conversation that was also about Daytime Running Lights, or DRLs). The i-MiEV actually has pretty cool parking/running lights (a small white lamp lighting up near the projectors in addition to the usual array of red and yellow signal lamps), but I rarely see them, since as noted I just use AUTO, which I believe goes from OFF to full headlights without ever passing through a parking/running light phase.