How to enable or disable Daytime Running Lights on Toyota Avalon

Daytime running lights are additional lighting to the conventional low beam and have a much lower light intensity. This guide will show you how to turn it on and off on Toyota Avalon.

Toyota Avalon fourth generation (XX40; 2012–2018) – (photo by Toyota)

One of the advantages is the generally better visibility of the vehicle. LED daytime running lights increase the visibility of the vehicle when it is too bright for normal headlights, increasing traffic safety.


  1. The headlight controls are located on the left side of the steering wheel.
  2. To operate the headlights rotate the end of the stalk.
  3. Rotating it back or down one setting will turn off the daytime running lights.
  4. Rotating it forward or up to the first position, auto, sets the daytime running lights, parking lights, the headlights, tail lights, license plate lights, and instrument panel lights to come on automatically when it’s dark, and turn off when it’s light.
  5. The auto headlight sensor is located in the middle of the dash near the windshield. Do not place anything over the sensor to ensure the system’s functionality.
  6. Rotating the stalk to the second position turns on all lights, except the headlights.
  7. And the third position turns on the headlights and all other lights, except the daytime running lights.
  8. With the headlights on pushing the stalk forward will turn on the high beams. A high beam indicator will illuminate in the instrument panel.
  9. Pulling it back to the center position will turn the high beams off.
  10. Pulling the stalk towards you will flash the headlights. You can flash the high beams whether the headlights are on or off.

Turn on Auto High Beam

  1. If your vehicle is equipped with automatic high beams, you can activate them by moving the stalk to the auto position and pushing the stalk forward, like you would for turning on the high beams.
  2. When the high beams turn on, an LED will illuminate in the instrument panel to notify you that the system is active.
  3. Automatic high beams come in handy on dark roads. If the system senses another vehicle approaching or if you’re approaching another vehicle from behind, it’ll automatically switch to the low beams.
  4. After the system senses the vehicle has passed or the distance between the two vehicles increases, it’ll automatically revert back to the high beams.
  5. To disable this feature, simply pull the stalk towards you and switch to low beams.
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