Dashboard warning lights are present in most modern cars. Their purpose is to alert the driver to immediate or potential danger – or simply to indicate that something is working properly. Helpfully, dashboard icons are colour-coded, based upon the easy-to-understand traffic light system.
So, what do the colours signify:
Depending on the make and model of your car, you may also see blue and white lights.
Your car’s handbook should feature everything you need to know about its dashboard icons/warning lights. If you don’t have access to that, the manufacturer will be able to help. Alternatively, a quick search online should yield results. Of course, you’re welcome to contact the team at your nearest Thurlow Nunn showroom if you have any questions on the subject.
A green light is nothing to be worried about. In fact, it’s positive confirmation that a system or component is functioning correctly (e.g., fog lights are on, seatbelts are fastened, etc.).
A yellow light typically identifies a fault – not one that necessarily requires immediate attention but one that needs to be addressed in the short term. For example, a yellow light (and accompanying symbol) might signify a brake pad is worn or that Speed Limiter has been activated when perhaps you don’t need it to be.
A red light can indicate one of many issues, which should easily be identified by the accompanying symbol. For instance, you’ll get a warning if a seatbelt is disconnected, or the bonnet or a door is open. If you are unable to remedy the problem immediately, please stop the car as soon as it’s safe to do so before acting.