A tricky quiz will leave unsuspecting drivers stumped for basic car dashboard icons

British drivers would struggle to identify even half of their dashboard icons – and almost a third have taken their car to MOT early because of a warning light

Unsuspecting British drivers would have trouble identifying even half the symbols on their dashboard
Unsuspecting British drivers would have trouble identifying even half the symbols on their dashboard

This tricky quiz will drive drivers around corners and leave people unable to decipher what simple symbols on their dashboard really mean.

Drivers must answer eight questions about what the various symbols commonly found on vehicles represent.

Symbols displayed include an oil warning label, an unlocked hood, and a warning to check the coolant level.

It comes as research shows unsuspecting British drivers would struggle to identify more than half of the warning signs on their car’s dashboard.

A study of 2,000 drivers found that only a third were sure they saw the brake warning light, while only 51% were able to spot the tire pressure warning.

Less than six in ten (59%) knew what the low battery warning light was, while almost half couldn’t tell if their rear fog lights were on when they looked at their dashboard.

Worryingly, 29% could not identify the low washer fluid warning symbol with certainty, and 30% would be at a loss if the engine oil warning light were to illuminate.

Younger people are less likely to know what different car plates mean, as 18-24 year olds on average only knew 32% of the symbols on their dashboard compared to 52% for those over 65.

There’s also a large gender gap, with men believing they could spot 53% of the warning signs on their dashboard, compared to just 38% for women.

The survey has raised questions about road safety in the UK, with the average driver estimating they can only see 45% of the lights and symbols on their dashboard.

However, 77% were in a position where a warning light came on while behind the wheel.

Limvirak Chea, co-founder and CEO of fixerwho commissioned the survey, said: “These figures are worrying and show that much remains to be done to make Britain’s roads safer.

“It is important that people are aware of the potential dangers that the warning lights are telling drivers about their vehicle.

“By getting your car checked regularly and making sure you get your MOT done, this can offset any future problems you may have down the road.”

Less than six out of ten are able to spot the car battery warning light


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The study also found that of those who experienced a warning light while driving, only 14% felt able to fix it themselves.

Almost half (48%) would visit a nearby repair shop, while 40% would speak to a family member and 12% to a passer-by or stranger.

But 37% admitted to ignoring a warning light, with more than one in 20 pretending it wasn’t there for a year or more.

Not considering it important because the car was still running well was the main reason for ignoring it (27%), followed by fears about the cost (15%) and simply forgetting (11%).

However, nearly half of drivers (48%) said that failing to heed the warning light after it appeared resulted in a more costly repair.

The study, conducted via OnePoll, also found that 58% of drivers find the icons on modern car dashboards to be overly complicated.

Almost a third of drivers brought their car to the TÜV prematurely because a warning light came on that they didn’t recognize


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But 72% think it’s dangerous to ignore dashboard alerts.

As a result, 30% took their car in for an early MOT after a warning light came on.

More than half (55%) of drivers would take their vehicle to an independent garage to have a warning label checked, while one in four (24%) would have their car checked by a dealer.

Trust (56%), reliability (52%), convenience (48%) and cost (40%) were all cited as the top reasons for taking their vehicle to their garage of choice.

Fixter’s Limvirak Chea added: “When something seems to be going wrong, it’s important to know where to correct it.

“Our qualified network of independent workshops across the country are all vetted to ensure motorists have access to first class mechanics, so you can be assured you are in competent hands should anything go wrong.”

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