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More than half of UK drivers do NOT understand what symbols on their car’s dashboard mean

OVER half of Brits have no idea what many of the buttons, switches and icons on their car mean or what they do.

When asked about the function of their car, a whopping 53% of respondents said they were confused, and more than one in ten said they were clueless on almost every aspect, according to a survey.

A new survey has revealed how many Brits are confused by their car's dashboard

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A new survey has revealed how many Brits are confused by their car’s dashboardPhoto credit: Getty
More than one in ten drivers has admitted that they have no idea of ​​almost all the symbols and switches in their car

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More than one in ten drivers has admitted that they have no idea of ​​almost all the symbols and switches in their carPhoto credit: Getty

If you’ve ever accidentally pressed the wrong button or switch while driving, you’re not alone – 45% of people also admit to making the same mistake.

Driving around with the wrong car clock on was a problem shared by 24% of respondents, while 22% said they regularly turn on their windshield wipers when trying to blink.

One in four said they didn’t know how to open the bonnet, while a third said they were embarrassed at not knowing simple car functions with friends or family as passengers – and needed their help.

Even more worryingly, a whopping 62% of the 2,000 people surveyed said they didn’t know what it means when a warning light or sound goes off.

The survey, commissioned by WeBuyAnyCar, also found that 12% were forced to listen to a radio station because they didn’t know how to change it, with the same number also struggling with their sat nav.

Richard Evans, Head of Technical Services at WeBuyAnyCar, said: “With the advent of high-tech cars and electric vehicles and the more complex functionality that comes with them, it’s not a huge surprise to see that so many of us are intimidated by all the different features and modes that are now available to us.

“Fortunately, it’s a lot easier to sell your car quickly through WeBuyAnyCar, giving you a lot more time to get comfortable with your new car when you’re ready to upgrade.”

While 14% said they drove to a gas pump only to forget which side their car’s gas cap was on, 29% had no idea that the arrow on their fuel gauge tells them (with an arrow).

Upgrading to a new high-tech car intimidates nearly 70% of drivers, and while 37% say they still try to learn its gadgets even though they know they can’t, 16% said they do don’t even try.

How many can you get?

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answers

1- Fog lights (front)

2- Power steering warning light

3- fog lights (rear)

4- Washer fluid low

5- Brake pad warning

6- Cruise control on

7- Direction indicators

8- Rain and light sensor

9- winter mode

10- Information display

11- Glow plug/diesel preheat warning

12- Frost warning

13- Ignition switch warning

14- Key not in vehicle

15- Key fob battery low

16- Distance warning

17- Depress the clutch pedal

18- Depress the brake pedal

19- Steering lock warning

20- high beam

21- Tire pressure low

22- parking light information

23- External lighting failure

24- brake light warning

25- Diesel Particulate Filter Warning

26- Trailer hitch warning

27- Air Suspension Warning

28- Lane Departure Warning

29- Catalyst warning

30- Seat belt not fastened

31- parking brake light

32- Battery/Alternator Warning

33- Parking assistance

34- Maintenance required

35- Adaptive Lighting

36- headlight range adjustment

37- Rear spoiler warning

38- Convertible Top Warning

39- Airbag warning

40- Handbrake warning

41- Water in the filter

42- Airbag disabled

43- error problem

44- low beam headlamp

45- Dirty air filter

46- Eco driving indicator

47- Hill descent control

48- Temperature Warning

49- ABS warning

50- Fuel filter warning

51- Door open

52- Hood open

53- Low fuel

54- Automatic transmission warning

55- speed limiter

56- suspension damper

57- Oil pressure low

58- Windshield defrosting

59- Boat open

60- stability control off

61- rain sensor

62- Engine/Emissions Warning

63- Rear window de-icing

64 – Automatic wiper

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8815989/brits-confused-by-car-symbols-quiz/ More than half of UK drivers do NOT understand what symbols on their car’s dashboard mean

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