Why it’s Important to Understand Your Dashboard Lights

Automotiveby Mashum Mollah12 February 2021

Dashboard Lights

Have you ever had a warning light flash up on the dashboard and not known what it means? You are not alone if this is the case as a study by Robins and Day found that just 21% of UK drivers could identify the basic warning lights and only 15% were confident that they could identify all of the basic warning lights unaided.

Potentially Dangerous:

While most of the time these warning lights are not a cause for immediate concern, there are some that could signal a serious and potentially dangerous problem that requires some kind of action. This is why it is so important that motorists have a firm understanding of the warning lights and what they mean along with what action needs to be taken.

Reasons That People Ignore Warning Lights:

The study also found that many people were ignoring the warning lights until their service or MOT. 40% wait as they believe that the light will go off by itself, 24% admitted to just being lazy and 34% were afraid of the potential costs involved. However, it is important to know that ignoring warning lights on the dashboard could prove to be costly and in more ways than one.

The Law:

Obviously, ignoring a warning light could result in requiring work on the car if the issue is not resolved. Not only this, but motorists have a legal obligation to attend to a dashboard light and failure to do this would mean that you are breaking the law, and ignoring this could invalidate your insurance.

Learning the Warning Lights:

Learning the Warning Lights

Motorists should study their owner’s manual to learn about each individual warning light and what it means along with what action should be taken. In high-quality cars like the Peugeot 208, a traffic light system is used in most cars where a green (or sometimes white or blue) light is purely informational and indicates nothing is wrong, amber advises that you should look into the issue within a month and pay close attention to performance while red indicates that the issue should be dealt with immediately. Here are a few of the most important warning lights and what they mean:

  • Brake Light Warning (new bulb)
  • Brake Pad Warning (replacement pads)
  • Oil Pressure Low (oil change)
  • Fuel Filter Warning (replacement fuel filter)
  • Service light (full service required)
  • Suspension Dampers (replacement suspension system)

Many motorists appear to be driving around without knowing what their warning lights mean. Not only is this dangerous, but it is also illegal and could invalidate your insurance so it is certainly important to dig the owner’s manual out and to learn what each light means.

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