Tricky quiz drives drivers around the curve

THIS tricky quiz drives drivers around bends – because many have no idea what the symbols on their dashboard really mean.

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

A devilishly tricky quiz has drivers stumbling - because they have no idea what the symbols on their dashboard mean


A devilishly tricky quiz has drivers stumbling – because they have no idea what the symbols on their dashboard meanCredit: Alamy

An oil warning sign, the hood not closed and the request to check the coolant level are among the correct answers.

But research shows that unsuspecting British drivers would struggle to spot more than half of the warning signs on their car’s dashboard.

This was the result of a study with 2,000 drivers only a third were sure they could see the brake warning lightwhile only 51 percent were able to recognize the tire pressure warning.

Less than six in ten (59 percent) 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 percent could not make out the washer fluid warning symbol with certainty, and 30 percent would be at a loss if the engine oil warning light were to come on.

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

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

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

However, 77 percent 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.”

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

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


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

Being unimportant because the car still ran well was the top reason for ignoring (27 percent), followed by fear of the cost (15 percent) and simply forgetting (11 percent).

However, 48 percent said failure to heed the warning light after it appeared resulted in a more costly repair.

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

And 72 percent think it’s dangerous to ignore dashboard alerts.

For example, 30 percent took their car to the workshop for an early MOT after a warning light came on.

More than half (55 percent) of drivers would take their vehicle to an independent garage to have a warning label checked, with 24 percent having their car checked at a dealership.

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

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.” Tricky quiz drives drivers around the curve

Fry Electronics Team

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