The amount of symbols and lights that appear on your dashboard can be confusing and overwhelming.
It’s easy to ignore a flashing light, especially if you don't know what it means.
Whether you need to fill your car up with petrol or make a trip to the the mechanic, these lights could be nothing to worry about, or they could show a problem with your car.
Understanding these lights can help you to keep your car in great condition, and help to keep you safe on the road.
Self Help: This light means you should refill your car's washer fluid reservoir.
See a Mechanic: When this light is on, your anti-lock brake system may have an issue and you should check in with a professional.
Help May Be Needed: This light could have a few meanings. Hopefully it just means your parking brake is on, but it could also mean you have a problem with your braking system.
If you’re unsure, get a professional to take a look.
Help May Be Needed: This light means that the temperature of your engine is outside normal limits.
If it stays on for a long time, you should check your coolant levels and radiator cap, but you may need to visit a professional who can look for any coolant leaks and check your fan operation.
See a Mechanic: If this light is on there may be an issue with an airbag, or maybe even with your entire airbag system. This is something a professional should take a closer look at.
Help May Be Needed: This light means you should check your engine, but it can be quite broad.
You could have a problem as simple as a loose petrol tank cap, or it could be something more serious that a professional will have to look into.
See a Mechanic: When you see this light there might be a problem with your battery.
While you’ll probably just have to check on your battery’s condition, you should have your battery terminals and alternator belt looked at as well.
Self Help: This light means your fog lights are on.
Self Help: This very familiar light means you’ll need to fill your car up with petrol.
What you might not know is that the arrow next to your fuel gauge shows you which side of the car your fuel tank is on.
Help May Be Needed: This light means your oil is running low, or there’s a problem with your car’s oil pressure system.
Some drivers are confident changing their engine oil, but if you suspect a larger problem with your car you should get a professional to take a look.
Dashboard lights can vary between car models and manufacturers, so if you’re not sure what a light means make sure to check your owner's manual or get the advice of a professional.