How To Turn Off Daytime Running Lights On A Honda Accord?

You can turn off the daytime running lights on a Honda Accord by using the parking brake, turning off the engine, and restarting the car. The daytime running lights will stay off after restarting the Honda Accord.

I know daytime running lights are an important safety feature in newer cars. However, there are valid reasons you may want to turn off daytime running lights on a Honda Accord, like at a drive-in theater. In this comprehensive guide, I’ll explain how to disable DRLs on your parked Honda.

When Should You Turn Off Daytime Running Lights?

Here are common reasons why you may want to turn off daytime running lights on a Honda Accord:

  1. Parked at drive-in theater – DRLs can distract other patrons
  2. Transporting vehicle – Transport operator may request disabling DRLs
  3. Troubleshooting electrical issues – The Mechanic may advise turning it off to diagnose
  4. Reducing fog or glare – DRLs can worsen visibility in certain conditions

Only turn off daytime running lights when safely parked. Never disable them while driving unless advised by a professional.

How Does The Daytime Running Light System Work?

Knowing how DRLs work makes it easier to turn them off properly. Here’s an overview of the system:

  1. Powered by battery, separate from headlights
  2. Turn on when the engine starts, off when the engine stops
  3. Illuminate front lighting at reduced brightness
  4. Automatically disabled if headlights are on

This allows the lights to increase the visibility without manually turning on the headlights.

How Does The Daytime Running Light System Work
How Does The Daytime Running Light System Work

Step-By-Step Guide To Turn Off DRLs on A Parked Honda Accord

Follow these instructions to turn off daytime running lights on a Honda Accord:

  • Engage The Parking Brake
  • Turn Off The Engine
  • Restart The Engine

Engage The Parking Brake

The parking brake is located between the center console and the gear shift. Pull up on the brake pedal firmly until you feel resistance.

Turn Off The Engine

Turn the key to the “Off” position or press the engine stop button, depending on your model.

Restart The Engine

Turn the key to “On” or press the start button again. The DRLs will stay off after restarting.

This simple 3-step process will disable the daytime running lights on your parked Honda Accord.

How Do I Permanently Turn Off Daytime Running Lights?

Most modern vehicles, such as the Honda Accord, do not have a way to completely disable daytime running lights. The DRL system is hardwired into the computer and electrical systems of the vehicle. While you can temporarily disable DRL by engaging the parking brake, this will only be effective until you release the brake and resume driving. 

Automakers do not include a method to completely deactivate daytime running lights for safety reasons. If your DRLs are turning on when they should be turned off, have your Honda Accord serviced by a professional mechanic. They can troubleshoot and repair any issues with the daytime running light circuit.

Why Is My DRL Light On In My Honda Accord?

If your Honda Accord’s daytime running light indicator is illuminated, it means the DRL system is activated and working properly. DRLs are programmed to turn on automatically when the vehicle is started and remain on throughout the journey. 

The DRL light on the dash serves as a visual confirmation that the lights are turned on, increasing your Accord’s visibility. This is normal behavior; the DRL indicator will illuminate whenever the daytime running lights are turned on. 

Why Is My DRL Light On In My Honda Accord
Why Is My DRL Light On In My Honda Accord

It should only turn off when you activate the headlights or parking lights manually. If your DRL light comes on at night or when your car is turned off, there could be an electrical problem that needs to be diagnosed.

Should You Turn Off Daytime Running Lights?

Because daytime running lights are an important safety feature, you should leave them on whenever you operate your vehicle. However, there are some situations where temporarily turning off your DRLs is recommended, such as parking at a drive-in theater, having your car transported, troubleshooting electrical problems, or driving in dense fog. 

In the few instances where DRLs may cause a distraction or reduce visibility, disable them by depressing the parking brake on your parked Honda Accord. 

To ensure maximum safety, drive cautiously without DRLs illuminated and turn them back on as soon as possible. When driving, never turn off your daytime running lights.

Do Honda Accord Headlights Turn Off Automatically?

The headlights on the Honda Accord do not have an automatic shut-off feature. When you turn on the headlights or parking lights, they will remain illuminated until you turn the light switch off. 

This is in contrast to daytime running lights, which activate when the vehicle starts and deactivate when it comes to a stop. To avoid draining your car’s battery, turn the headlight switch to “Off” when parking your Accord at night or whenever the lights are not needed. 

Make it a habit to check your light switch position as you turn off the engine to ensure that your headlights do not remain on indefinitely. Inadvertently leaving them on can result in a dead battery.


Turn off daytime running lights on a Honda Accord by:

  1. Engaging the parking brake
  2. Turning the engine off
  3. Restarting the car

This simple parking brake method will disable DRLs when parked. Use daytime running lights whenever safely possible, and drive cautiously without them.

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Ammar Masoud

I have had a long and fulfilling career in the automotive industry, primarily with Honda and Acura. With 15 years of experience as a Honda service technician, I became highly skilled in repair and maintenance, gaining a deep understanding of these vehicles. After many years in the automotive field, I decided to embark on a second career in industrial manufacturing. It was a significant change, but I found that the skills I had honed in the automotive industry were incredibly valuable in my new role. In my current position in industrial manufacturing, the demand for quality workmanship and meticulous attention to detail is paramount. Fortunately, these are traits that I have cultivated throughout my years in the automotive industry. I take pride in applying these skills to meet the high standards expected in the manufacturing sector.