Toyota Prius Owners Manual
Lights, Wipers and DefoggerOPERATION OF INSTRUMENTS ANDCONTROLS / Lights, Wipers and Defogger
Headlights and turn signals (with automatic light control system)
To turn on the following lights: Twistthe headlight/turn signal lever knob.
Position 1—Parking, tail, license plate,side marker and instrument panel lights
Position 2—Headlights and all of theabove
Position 3 (“AUTO”)—Headlights and/or allof the lights in position 1
They automatically turn on or off dependingon the darkness of the surroundings.
Manually twist the knob to the position 2to turn on the headlights if they are neededimmediately when entering a dark tunnel,parking structure, etc.
The automatic light control sensor is onthe top of the driver’s side instrumentpanel.
Do not place anything on the instrumentpanel, and/or do not affix anything on thewindshield to block this sensor.
Automatic light cut off system
The lights automatically turn off when thedriver’s door is opened with the hybridsystem off. To turn them on again, pressthe “POWER” switch twice from the offsetting to select the “IG−ON” mode withoutdepressing the brake pedal or actuatethe headlight switch. If you are going topark for over one week, make sure theheadlight switch is off.
When the headlight switch is turned to thefirst or second clickstop, the brightness ofthe instrument cluster will be reducedslightly unless the instrument panel lightcontrol dial is turned fully on.
To prevent the battery from being discharged,do not leave the switch onlonger than necessary when the hybridsystem is not running.
Daytime running light system
The headlights turn on at reduced intensitywhen the parking brake is released withthe hybrid system started, even with thelight switch in the “OFF” position.
To turn on the other exterior lights andinstrument panel lights, twist the knob tothe position 1.
To turn off the daytime running light system,twist the knob to the position 2 orposition 3 with the headlights on or turnthe hybrid system off.
High−Low beams—For high beams, turnthe headlights on and push the lever awayfrom you (position 1). Pull the lever towardyou (position 2) for low beams.
The headlight high beam indicator light(blue light) on the instrument panel willtell you that the high beams are on.
Flashing the high beam headlights(position 3)—Pull the lever all the wayback. The high beam headlights turn offwhen you release the lever.
The high beam flasher works even whenthe headlight switch is off.
To signal a turn, push the headlight/turn signal lever up or down to position1.
The hybrid system must be in the “IG−ON” mode.
The lever automatically returns after youmake a turn, but you may have to returnit by hand after you change lanes.
To signal a lane change, move the leverup or down to the pressure point (position2) and hold it.
If the turn signal indicator lights (greenlights) on the instrument panel flash fasterthan normal, a front or rear turn signalbulb is burned out. See “Replacing lightbulbs—” on page 422.