Dashboard warning lights ignored by almost half of drivers

Reasons cited for delaying garage visit include fear of repair cost

Dashboard warning lights ignored by almost half of drivers

Almost half (46 per cent) of UK drivers have admitted to ignoring dashboard warning lights, a survey of 2000 people suggests.

The research, conducted by dealer group Robins & Day, also found that a further 19 per cent would continue driving with a red warning light for another two or three days.

Some 40 per cent of respondents said they’d be willing to wait incase the light “went off by itself”, 34 per cent were worried about the cost of repair and 24 per cent admitted it was down to pure laziness.

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A spokesperson for Robins and Day said: “One of the worst things you can do as a driver and car owner, is ignore the warning signs that appear on your dashboard.

“Whilst it’s natural to have concerns around car costs, by ignoring the illuminated symbols on your dashboard, you could actually be landed with a bigger bill as well as doing no end of damage to your vehicle.”

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    Almost half (46 per cent) of UK drivers have admitted to ignoring dashboard warning lights, a survey of 2000 people suggests. The research, conducted
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    #207059 Reply
    Meat-Head
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    Disagree out of 10 cars in for “warning light on”

    7 will be “been on for months, failed mot”

    1 will be “just brought it yesterday/last week”

    1 will be “sold it, going this afternoon”

    These above wil >>ALL<< can you just clear the light

    1 will be “light come on earlier today/yesterday afternoon, can you fix it”

    #207072 Reply
    Joanne Gibbons
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    The public should be getting encouraged to make a call as soon as the light appears, load of garages offer free advice, early diagnostic can save £’ss.
    In addition most people do not know what each warning light mean, a lack of knowledge causes fear over costs etc. My advice, just ask, it’s better to have all the information than to stick your head in the sand hoping it will go away.

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    Meat-Head
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    You could think of it another way, light on, ignore, goes bang another french car off road to scrap metal

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