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    Study Shows Drivers Struggle with Understanding the Dashboard

    This is a guest post from Claytons Mot & Service Centre

    In July, Britannia Rescue conducted a piece of research to gain information on the ability of motorists to identify the meaning of important dashboard warning light symbols. The study, consisting of over 2,000 participants in the UK, presented the driver with a list of warning light symbols from their own vehicle, with the task of matching them to the correct title.

    Research Findings

    Surprisingly, the research showed that a staggering 98% of motorists were unable to correctly identify each of the warning lights on their vehicle. Other key findings included:  71% were unable to recognise a tyre pressure warning light 48% did not recognise the brake warning light. More than a third (35%) could not understand an airbag symbol, with almost as many as 27% mistaking it for a seat-belt alert The most baffling light represented the faulty catalytic converter, which was incorrectly identified by 95% of correspondents.

    Warning Light Importance

    Dashboard warning lights provide a crucial role in alerting the driver to a potential hazard or fault with the vehicle. Modern cars benefit from sophisticated technology, allowing for the detection of a wide range of issues, from common problems such as battery complications and rises in engine temperature, right down to blocked air and fuel filters.It's with these alerts that the driver can then respond with the recommended corrective action to remedy the issue. The survey also showed that those who delayed taking their car to a garage or specialist paid on average more than double on repair bills compared to those who sought immediate help on illumination of their warning light.

    Top Tips

    1. If a warning symbol lights up, stop in a safe place as soon as possible and check what the problem is.

    2. Always keep your vehicle manual accessible within the car so that you can easily check what that symbol means as well as the recommended action to take.

    3. Speak with your manufacturer or a professional motor technician for guidance on what action to take if you're unsure.

    Quick Reference Dashboard Guide

    In response to the survey, car garage Claytons MOT & Service Centre produced a visual overview of the most common warning symbols in a bid to help improve dashboard awareness to drivers.Providing information on what each light relates to and the recommended corrective action to take upon illumination, the guide acts a helpful resource for both existing drivers and those learning the ropes. Please note: each vehicle has its own set of dashboard warning lights. Manufacturer information regarding each light can be found within your handbook. This graphic should only act as a guide; please seek professional advice in all instances of vehicle faults.

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