New research has revealed that one in five motorists are currently ignoring a warning light showing on their dashboard, and less than half are confident identifying what the symbols mean. To remind motorists not to dismiss these important warnings as they take to the roads for the festive period, Halfords has launched an awareness drive, using Christmas jumpers emblazoned with dashboard lights, with all proceeds going to road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart.
Almost three quarters (73 percent) of Brits are planning to drive to visit family and friends this Christmas, but Halfords estimate there are 117 million dashboard warning lights showing on cars across the UK*, What’s more, 30 percent of drivers admit to ignoring the warnings and more than a fifth (22 percent) already have one or more lights showing as the festive period approaches.
Halfords’ first Christmas jumper aims to educate motorists about the importance of these warnings. Whilst the novelty jumper may look cheery at first glance, it boasts a pattern made up of light-up dashboard lights, with the question ‘driving home for Christmas?’ displayed boldly in the centre.
New research commissioned by the motoring services business to support the jumper’s launch, found that of those that said they currently had a warning light on, nearly two in 10 (17 percent) admitted it signified a bulb failure, which is illegal and could result in a fixed penalty notice fine of £100. Other worrying warning lights that have been left on and ignored include a fault in the airbag (16 percent) and brake system alerts (18 percent), posing a huge risk to drivers and other cars on the road.
Other key findings from the survey include:
Shoppers can purchase the Warning Lights Christmas jumper via charity auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart. Each jumper includes a handy guide from Halfords experts to explain what each warning light means and what to do when they come on.
Commenting on the research findings, Tony Greenidge, CEO of IAM RoadSmart, said: “Dashboard warning lights should never be ignored! Not only will they lead to an MOT fail but they are almost always a prewarning that something is about to s
top working and that you could suddenly be stranded in a very dangerous place. The last thing anyone wants over the festive period is a totally avoidable breakdown, so get everything checked before that big trip and your car will be one less thing to stress about during the holidays”
Anthony Caie, Services Director, at Halfords said: “With our research revealing half of respondents aren’t taught about dashboard warning lights when learning to drive, we want to help give drivers a basic understanding of what they mean and help make sure motorists arrive safely at their destinations this Christmas to spend time with loved ones. The lights are there for a reason and we urge motorists to take notice if they are flashing red, amber or green. For anyone concerned about a warning light, we offer a full diagnostic check to identify any issues early before they arise.”
For motorists unsure of what their warning lights mean, Halfords offers a full diagnostic check (£49.99) at its 374 garages, where expertly trained technicians will troubleshoot system warnings and check engine lights to identify issues early. Alternatively, they can book a Halfords Mobile Expert technician to come to them at home or at work here.
For more information and advice on what car warning lights mean, visit https://www.halfords.com/car-repairs/advice/dashboard-lights/dashboard-lights.html.