Dashboard warning education needed

Written by Ellie

A significant proportion of UK motorists fail to understand the warning lights that are presented to them on their vehicle's dashboard, new research has shown.

Figures released by insurance comparison site Gocompare.com have revealed this could be an issue for almost half (48 per cent) of all UK motorists.

The research showed that 60 per cent of vehicle owners have never read the operator's manual for their car, while 44 per cent do not even know if their vehicle is front or rear-wheel driven.

Matt Oliver, car insurance spokesperson at Gocompare.com, said: "Thanks to modern technology, cars are now packed with all sorts of complex electronics and sensors that can help drivers to better understand how their vehicle is behaving.

"But while manufacturers are developing new ways to help cars to talk to their drivers, it seems that their efforts are falling on deaf ears."

He noted that while nobody buys a car to sit down and enjoy reading the manual, it is important for all drivers to familiarise themselves with the various features and warning lights that are essential to its operation.

Failing to do so can lead to significant headaches in the long run, especially when drivers overlook something as essential as checking oil levels or the battery.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Understanding dashboard warning lights is essential for the proper maintenance of all vehicles. Motorists should therefore be fully versed in the operation of their vehicle to avoid any unnecessary breakdowns."

Posted on 21st November 2016

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