Ignoring dashboard signs is risky

The dashboard, and particularly the instrument panel, represents the easiest way a vehicle talks back to its driver, allowing him to stay up to date with the status of the car and provide him with prior notice on potential mechanical problems. Photos by Abubaker Lubowa.

What you need to know:

As cars have become more and more sophisticated, the number of possible faults that can arise has grown significantly, along with the number of different warning lights that might flash up on the dashboard. A light on the dashboard can mean you should stop driving right away, or you may have a little time before you have to take your car to the garage.

You should know what the signs stand for so that you do not get stuck. In this article I will look at the more common dashboard lights and what they mean.

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