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Do you understand your car dashboard?

Do you understand your car dashboard?

 

New research has shown that the vast majority of motorists do not understand the most common warning and information lights on a car dashboard.




Click here to view The Independent's Dashboard Infographic


A staggering 98% of motorists could not recognise all three symbols for: type pressure, engine emission and fog light indicators. A further 90% failed to recognise the sign for a failed catalytic converter.

The study revealed 99 dashboard symbol variations across 15 of the most common new cars - with just 12 consistent between all models.

The survey was comissioned by Britannia Rescue who questioned over 2,000 motorists.


Peter Horton, the Britannia Rescue managing director, said: “Dashboard warning lights are like alarm bells telling you something is wrong with your car and urgent action may be required, either to prevent damage to your car or for your safety.

If a warning symbol lights up, you should stop in a safe place as soon as possible and check what the problem is. Keep your vehicle manual handy so that you can easily check what that symbol means as well as what action to take.”