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WE'VE all been there – you're driving along and all of a sudden you hear a beep, you look down and a symbol has appeared on your dashboard.

Some symbols on your car’s dashboard are easier to figure out than others – here's everything you need to know.

What do each of the symbols on my car's dashboard mean?

Not every symbol that appears on your dashboard is a warning light.

Instead some indicate vehicle features, mechanical issues and safety features.

So, when it comes to warning symbols, the important thing to know is – colours matter.

Green or blue lights simply let you know that a system is on or operating.

Orange/yellow warning lights generally signify that your vehicle needs to be serviced or repaired soon.

But, if a red light appears – this usually means that you should take action immediately.

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Along with fines, the highway code and other necessary road information it can be overwhelming trying to remember everything.

A study by HPI found 59 per cent of drivers struggle to recognise what all the warning lights on their dash indicate.

Worryingly, 96 per cent couldn't recognise a common brake issue light – potentially putting them in danger.

With self driving cars becoming a reality and in-car technology growing, keeping your vehicle in good condition is even more important.

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Most of the time if a symbol flashes up on your dashboard that is not normally visible, it is a good idea to check it out.

It's important to have a good understanding of what your car is trying to say and what you can do about it – so here's everything you need to know and what each warning symbol indicates.

But remember – not every car will have the same symbols, they will vary from vehicle to vehicle.

1. Indicator to push the clutch

2. Indicator to push the brake pedal

3. Locked steering-wheel

4. Full beam turned on

5. Low tyre pressure

6. Side lights on

7. Problems with headlight / tail-lights / signals bulbs

8. Problems with brake lights

9. Winter mode

10. Info indicator

11. The diesel auxiliary heater

12. Ice warning

13. Starting system problems

14. The key is not in the car

15. Key low battery

16. Warning distance to another car

17. Service warning light

18. Adaptive headlights turned on

19. Headlight angle adjustment

20. Problems with variable rear spoiler

21. Problems in triggering electric roof

22. Front airbag is switched off

23. Handbrake is on

24. Front fog lights turned on

25. Power steering system problems

26. Rear fog lights switched on

27. Low level of windscreen fluid

28. Worn brake pads

29. Cruise control is activated

30. Signal indicators

31. Trouble on light sensor or rain sensor

32. Water in fuel filter

33. Airbag switched off

34. Mechanical problem or electrical error

35. Dipped headlights turned on

36. Dirty air filter requires replacement

37. Parking sensors turned on

38. Problems with the diesel particulate filter (DPF)

39. Error – disconnection of the plug from the trailer

40. Air suspension problems

 

41. Warning for leaving your lane with lane assist system active

42. Problems with catalytic converter

43. Seatbelt warning

44. Warning parking light

45. Alternator or battery problems

46. ECO mode turned on

47. Downhill assist on

48. Cooling system problems

49. Problem with ABS

50. Problems with fuel filter

51. Open door

52. Open bonnet

53. Fuel tank on reserve, need to fill the tank

54. Automatic gearbox problems

55. Speed limiter is active

56. Suspension problems

57. Front window defroster

58. Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) is off

59. Open boot

60. Low oil pressure

61. The automatic windscreen wiper

62. Engine problems or hazards

63. Rain sensor

64. Rear window defroster

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