How well do you know the car dashboard warning lights? One poll shows half of drivers ignore them – take our quiz on the most common warnings
- A survey of 2,000 British adults found that 46% of drivers ignore the warnings
- One in five say they will drive for two or three days before investigating the problems
- Two in five ignore them in the hope that they will leave, and a third leave them for fear of expensive repair costs
- Take our quiz to find out how well you know nine common dashboard warning lights
Drivers are warned not to ignore illuminated dashboard warning lights in their car when they get back on the road after – or during – the third national lockdown.
A survey of 2,000 British adults by dealer group Robins & Day found that nearly half fail to resolve the warnings immediately, and many ignored them out of laziness.
And by continuing to use their car when a warning light tells them not to, drivers run the risk of causing more damage to their engines and can increase repair costs.
But how great a warning is that light and what does it mean? Take our quiz to see if you can correctly name nine of the most common dashboard warning lights.
Do you trade on dashboard warning lights? About 46% of UK drivers surveyed said they ignored the warnings
The dealer network poll found that 46 percent of adults ignore a warning light on their car’s dashboard.
Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 19 percent said they would continue to use their vehicle with an illuminated warning light for two or three days before attempting to fix the problem.
This is the case even if the warning light is red to indicate that it is a serious problem that requires immediate action.
Amber, amber, or other color lights often mean that something needs to be checked by a garage, but the vehicle can still be driven.
When asked why they don’t heed the warnings by taking the car to a dealer or garage, two in five (40 percent) said they ignore it as a fault with the dashboard lighting itself, expecting it to return sooner or later. goes off. .
It’s unbelievable that more than a third (34 percent) try to keep it in the back of their mind for fear of expensive repairs, while another quarter (24 percent) brush it aside out of sheer laziness.
When asked why they don’t take action by taking the car to a dealer or garage, two in five said they ignore it as a fault with the dashboard lamp itself.
You could fail for an APK
While not fixing a dashboard warning light can cause a more expensive problem, it can also cause problems if you take your car for an APK test.
Under current rules, some warning lights can lead to an automatic shutdown.
These include alerts for air bag issues, the electronic parking brake, electronic stability control, high beam headlight, electronic power steering, brake fluid level, or belt tensioner issues.
The dealer group explained the results of its investigation, saying, an invaluable skill should a problem arise.
However, our survey found that only a fifth (21 percent) of UK drivers could recognize basic warning lights on their dashboard, such as ‘low tire pressure’ and ‘check oil’. Fifteen percent of those surveyed believed that they could identify all basic warning lights without assistance if necessary.
“Our survey also found that three percent of Britons were unaware that their car manual was there to help them identify any problems with their car.”
How well do you know the most common warning lights? Take our quiz below to see how many you can name correctly …
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