Cars are becoming more and more complicated under the bonnet and inside and it seems this is causing confusion to the average motorist. A recent survey by a leading motoring company has revealed that many UK drivers cannot understand the dashboard of their car.
On average we spend around 360 hours in our cars each year and yet nearly half of those asked could not name some of the basic warning lights.
It seems that men are slightly more knowledgeable than women in this area with around 39% of men being able to correctly identify the main beam hazard over only 28% of women. A more disturbing figure was that around 12% of women and 7% of men could not spot the handbrake warning light.
Around two thirds of men knew what the warning light for high coolant temp looked like as opposed to only around 38% of women.
The most easily recognisable symbol it seems is the oil pressure light with more than nine out ten men and more than three quarters of women able to correctly identify it.
Some of these statistics are extremely disquieting as it could mean many drivers are in danger of a serious breakdown or even accident if they are not able to spot when there is a problem with their vehicle.
"Ignoring an unfamiliar warning light - even if the car seems to be performing normally - could cost you thousands." commented a spokesperson for the company.