You did not get position lights in US???I not only disable the worthless DRLs in all my cars, but I install a proper two position headlamp switch like the rest of the world gets. I know what lights I need on and when. I also know when to turn my wipers on.
Newer cars are just done in the Long Coding of the appropriate module. Older cars, we have to disable the TFL pin on the headlight switch (although the B5s you can just yank the DRL relay out and throw it in the trash, and the Parking brake warning lamp still works like normal).
Interesting, I have my Golf and an 04 truck. Last 8 years or so, I've been up in BC almost every weekend during the summer and never have been told or questioned at the border about that. Nor anywhere else on my way to and from my destination. I wonder if it's different if you have vehicles registered there maybe?I just taped over the TFL pin; this way it's trivially re-enabled if you need to for some reason (hint: Canada requires DRLs, so if you ever go into Canada if/when they reopen to tourism you MAY get hassled at the border if your car doesn't have them and appears to be new enough to "require" them.)
For us Northern (North of the 50th parallel) types, you may have hit on an idea :Had this happen on a Mk 2 golf 1.6td. For a week until I had chance to change the alternator I had to charge up the battery prior to every journey with no lights, no stereo, no fan, no electrical drains at all. A bit like having an EV but adding diesel too.