Readers weigh in on the historical significance of parking lights.

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Jul 01, 1995

Dear Tom and Ray:

You recently asked for readers ideas on why "parking lights" should still be on cars. This will "date" me, but all I can remember using parking lights for was at the drive-in movies. My family would all go together and if you arrived after the projector started to roll, you had to find a spot to park the car using only your "parking lights," lest you ruin the show for everybody else. Same thing for cars leaving before the show ended.

TOM: Thanks for the memories, Esther. Maybe we should change their name from "Parkin' Lights" to "Drive-in' Lights!"

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