As a responsible driver, it is imperative to know the different car warning signs that are on your dashboard. Knowing the meaning of these symbols could warn you of your current driving situation and help you decide what necessary action to take. There are over 150 car warning signs that exist to date. Although your car may not have all of them, we have listed some of the most common symbols to educate our readers about their purpose and what to do when they light up. The first rule is to never panic if one or multiple lights or indicators turn on. Generally, your car will still be running fine, but there may be some minor issues that you may need to address, either through a mechanical repair or a quick fix. So here goes our selection of explanation of what these lights on the dashboard actually mean for you. Below listed are the the most common warning signs for your car.
Color scheme of warning signs © www.wewebcars.com[/caption>Different colors mean different things and in most cases require different levels of attention. A green or blue-lit symbol is simply informational and tells you how or what system is operating. A yellow or orange symbol means that there are some parts that need to be repaired soon at a service center. And the most cautionary of all- the red symbol, which tells you that there is a serious safety issue or problem that must be addressed immediately. Below are some of the car warning signs you should not ignore as a driver. Memorize these car warning signs so that you can benefit from it the next time you get into your car.
Perhaps the most popular symbol in the instrument panel, turn signals tells other road users your intention to change direction.
Daytime running lights
The DLR symbol tells you that the car system has turned on the low-beam headlamps when running in daylight.
All-wheel drive on
This symbol tells you that your car is now running on four-wheel drive. When this is illuminated, torque is equally distributed on all wheels. It can also turn amber in color, telling you that the 4WD system may be experiencing some problems.
This indicates that the car is in economy operation and is running on improved fuel mileage. Some related symbols include Comfort and Sport, which also pertains to your preset driving preference.
Low fuel notification
This button will light up when your car has reached a low fuel reserve. Better refuel soon or your vehicle may die should the fuel meter hit empty.
ABS, ESP, BAS light
Malfunctions in your car’s driving security features could pose an imminent danger. In the case of ABS, it usually illuminates briefly when the engine is started, but turns off automatically.
When this light is on, one or more of your vehicle’s bulbs are either broken or are experiencing some electrical problems. The more serious threat is losing road visibility when driving at night. Consult guidance from a car mechanic at once.
Child safety lock
If you are accompanied by children, remember to always check this light. When this is on, it tells you that the feature is active. Just remember to switch it off when no longer required.
Attention assist indicator
While the color of this symbol is almost irrelevant, it warns the driver that he or she needs rest from driving. This light is often preset by the driver to indicate that it is time to rest and re-focus. Perhaps a coffee break is in order.
Glow plug warning
Usually found on diesel-powered vehicles, this sign tells the driver that he should not start the vehicle until the light has been extinguished. It is also part of the engine management which detects faults in the car’s powertrain.
Engine oil or oil pressure sensor
Although it is often a yellow symbol, this button indicates that an immediate fix is needed. It has the oil lamp symbol with “MIN” word which means you have to either re-fill the car’s oil or have it checked by a professional.
Seat Belt Reminder
One of the most ignored car practices is putting on a seat belt. When this symbol lights up on your instrument panel it means that you are not wearing your seat belt and the button will not switch off until you put it on.
Temperature warning light
This warns the driver that the vehicle’s engine may overheat because of a prolonged drive. It is advisable to stop the vehicle and let the radiator cool.
Hazard warning light
This is usually put on by the driver to warn other vehicles on the road that the car has problems and should as much as possible be avoided. Some drivers, however, abuse this indicator by using it to either park or overtake without valid reason.
This means that your battery’s power is running low and should it die, it could affect your vehicle’s driving performance. Better look for a power source replacement.
When this is on, it means that you or someone has turned off the driver airbag manually. As such, it will not deploy if there is a collision.
Brake system alert
This symbol means that your brake fluid is almost depleted. If you have recently had your brake fluid changed, it may mean that there are leaks or low brake linings that have caused this problem.