Honda Civic How to: Disable the Day Time Running Lights and Seat Belt Chime

I recently purchased a 2009 Honda Civic. It is my first venture into a non-Toyota vechicle. As with any purchase, as soon as I get my hands on it, I go about fixing all of the small annoyances I have with it.

This car is a blast to drive and doesn’t have too many annoyances that I needed to address. I figured I’d share a couple of them as others out there might also encounter the same issues.

Daytime Running Lights

I’ve never been a fan of daytime running lights. To me they just make the driver of a car with them look as if he or she forgot to turn off his or her lights. As more people drive cars with DRL, the less effective they are as a supposed safety mechanism.

This is the first car I’ve had where turning off the DRL was not an option on the headlight on/off switch.

To disable your daytime running lights: remove fuse 37 from the interior fuse box.

Seatbelt Chime

The United States has turned into a very safety conscious nation. It seems that every police and governmental agency wants to ensure that every person in a vehicle is firmly strapped to any wreckage. Except, of course, if you are a young skull full of mush riding on a school bus. In this case, be prepared to turn into a missile should your crotchety driver hit anyone whilst turning around to yell at you.

While I believe it prudent to wear your seat belt, I find these seat belt laws and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns to be revenue-generating wastes of time. A government cannot ticket a society to safety, but they sure can bring in a lot of revenue in doing so.

The auto makers engineer seat belt nag systems that are  horribly annoying and persistent. Can you turn them off? Of course not.

That said, if someone has a reason to not wear their seat belt, that is their call in my opinion.

After searching high and low for a solution to disable the Civic seat belt nag, I found these: Ebay – Seat Belt Nag Disablers. They work well and for $4 shipped, they were well worth it.



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  • Jon

    How do you get to the fuse box, to turn off the running daylights? Where is it located?

  • The Internal Fuse Box, if I recall correctly is under the steering wheel and to the left. 

    Pull Fuse #37 and no more DRL.

    I believe Fuse pullers are in the engine fuse compartment if you need those. 

  • Destructa

    This “safety feature” has the effect of nagging a driver who puts a purse, pizza box, or other object on the passenger seat while driving alone.  You can just fasten the seat belt and put your stuff on top, which is still an annoyance, but doesn’t cost $4 and won’t get lost.  Any live human in my car is going to either wear a seat belt or take a long walk.
    I don’t see the point of running lights.  If the vehicle appears to be getting larger or smaller, it’s moving!  That’ll be the first fuse I pull if I get a new car.

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