Ignoring Dash Warning Lights - Dangerous

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Phil West

Pegasus Couriers Director

Dash Warning Lights and what they mean

Are you driving blind, oblivious to the warning signs flashing right before you? Ignoring those warning lights can cost you. Pegasus Couriers Phil West discusses why you should not ignore your vehicle’s warning lights.

Ignoring Red Warning Lights Can Cost You

Ignoring warning lights in your vehicle can be costly. A recent survey revealed that 70% of drivers ignore these warnings, a potentially disastrous mistake. According to an AA survey, a third of drivers also disregard red oil warning lights, jeopardising their engines. An oil warning light only takes a few seconds to cause engine damage.

The survey also showed that only 30% of drivers would immediately stop if the oil pressure light came on, while a third would drive to a safe place before turning off the engine. Drivers should understand the meaning of warning lights and take immediate action to prevent further harm to their vehicles.

Another concerning finding is that one in four drivers would continue driving with an illuminated coolant temperature warning light. These results highlight the need to educate drivers about warning lights to avoid unnecessary breakdowns and be prepared for unexpected issues.

17 000 calls for Driver Assist

Last year, the AA alone attended to over 17,000 calls involving vehicles with dashboard warning light issues. On average, nine out of 10 vehicles were driven away after assistance. 

As vehicles become more advanced, more dashboard warning symbols are being added.

What Do Vehicle Warning Lights Mean

By understanding the importance of red and amber warning lights, you can take immediate action to prevent vehicle damage and ensure your safety on the road.

A red warning light indicates a serious problem that requires immediate attention. 

It could mean engine damage or a malfunctioning system that can leave you stranded. When you see a red warning light, you must pull over safely and switch off the engine to prevent further damage.

On the other hand, an amber warning light signifies a vehicle fault that may not be as urgent. While it is generally safe to drive to a garage, it is still important to address the issue promptly. 

Facts & Key Takeaways:

Half of UK Drivers Ignore Warning Lights

Another survey found that nearly half of UK drivers admit to ignoring dashboard warning lights, with common excuses being belief in faulty lights, fear of repair costs, and laziness.

However, it’s important to note that failing to investigate the cause of a warning light can invalidate insurance policies.

Regular check-ups and familiarising yourself with warning lights can save you money in the long run.

Additionally, ignoring these lights can compromise road safety and cause damage to your vehicle’s systems.

In terms of vehicle resale value, ignoring warning lights can significantly decrease the value of your vehicle.

Websites, Apps and Vehicle Handbooks

When understanding and deciphering the warning lights in your vehicle, resources like online platforms, apps, and vehicle handbooks can be beneficial.
Online platforms are a treasure trove of guides and tutorials that explain the meanings behind different warning lights and their potential causes. They serve as a convenient source of information that you can access anytime, anywhere. Launching the app allows you to swiftly search for specific warning lights and discover their corresponding explanations and solutions.
But let’s not forget about the trusty vehicle manuals which provide detailed explanations and diagrams tailored to your vehicle model.

Fleet Management: Vital For Couriers

At Pegasuas Couriers, we have implemented various systems that allow our delivery drivers to promptly alert us if there are any issues with their vans. The key to ensuring the smooth operation of our courier van fleet lies in proper fleet management software and dedicated administrators.
Effective fleet management is crucial for running our operations like a well-oiled machine. It involves utilising top-notch software that enables us to monitor each vehicle’s performance and maintenance needs. This way, we can address potential issues before they escalate into major problems.

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