It’s a familiar situation to many motorists. You’re driving along serenely when a light on your dashboard suddenly illuminates and you enter a blind panic, frantically trying to decipher what the light is indicating and whether the issue to which it pertains will write off your car. Studies show that most drivers fail to recognise many of the warning lights on their dashboard, let alone understand the significance of them.

This guide to your car’s warning lights (courtesy of Woodstock Motors) aims to help you understand each of the lights that could pop up in the middle of a journey, in addition to whether a light indicates nothing more than a routine function or is telling you to stop immediately and seek mechanical help.


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