April 13, 2017 By C! Magazine Staff

Road Safety – Common Dashboard Symbols

The first way our car communicates with us and with other motorists is with the symbols on the dashboard and gauge

With so many different icons and symbols, one may get confused. In this confusion, we may find ourselves neglecting something that might actually mean that our car is not running in tip-top shape, or that maybe there is something that might be impeding it from functioning properly. On the good side, it may also mean that you are fully utilizing your vehicle’s instruments properly and helping other motorists be aware of your current location, presence, or situation.

Acquaint yourself with the symbols and what they mean; it can actually spell the difference between having a safe or a troublesome drive.


Orange Check Engine Light

This means that your vehicle may be detecting an error in one of the sensors or readings. Seen as a general fault light, it usually represents a problem that must be addressed immediately, or else further damage can occur with your vehicle’s internals. Drop by your nearest mechanic or service center for diagnosis.


Fog Lights Indicator

This means that your front fog lights are turned on. Make sure you utilize fog lamps in low-light and low-visibility conditions to light the path ahead of you.


High Beam Indicator

Only to be used on dark roads with almost no lighting, the high beams of a vehicle are a hazard to surrounding traffic because of the glare. When you are following or approaching other vehicles, always switch back to low beams to reduce the risk of accidents and aggravation to other road users.


Hazard/Emergency Lights









When you press the Triangle button (commonly found on the dashboard itself), the turning lamps blink intermittently and at the same time. Use this whenever you find that you have any car troubles, or if you need to pull over, and when you’re already pulled over to the side of the road. This accompanied by your vehicle’s Early Warning Device should inform other motorists that you have trouble or are in an emergency.


Battery Warning Light

This means that there’s a problem with your vehicle’s battery, whether that’s a damaged cell, improper voltage, or it’s completely drained. Make sure to check your battery regularly and replace them when needed.


Low Fuel Light

This means that you’re on your last few liters of fuel, and that finding a gas station should be your priority. Cars usually have a range meter or indicator as a standard feature these days, giving you an idea of how far that tank can take you.


Overheat/Thermostat Light

This means that your engine is overheating and must be cooled down before trying to start it again. Pull over and get some water handy. Most modern vehicles will have warnings and gauges about engine temperature, so if you’re close to overheating, make sure your vehicle’s coolant is topped off and radiator in working condition.

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