What do those little lights mean?
Auto repair shops field questions like this every day, and according to a survey taken by Insurance.com, there’s definitely some confusion surrounding the meaning of warning lights. In 2013, the website polled 2000 drivers 18 years and older, asking to identify several different vehicle warning lights.
- TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring) - 49%
- Brake System Warning - 46%
- Cruise Control activated - 42%
- Fog Lights, or beams - 40%
- Electrical System problem warning - 24%
- Engine Temperature warning - 17%
These are the percentages of incorrect answers. Managing Editor of Insurance.com, Michelle Magna commented on the survey,
“One has to question the effectiveness of warning lights, especially in cases where well over a third of drivers can’t guess what they mean. Despite all the advances in car technology, mysterious warning lights persist. Maybe it’s time to do something revolutionary, like use words instead of icons.”
You can also ask one of our technicians at Canyon Automotive Repair & Service to sit with you and explain any warning light, and we will be glad to help. Bring us your car, or call the shop today at 928-282-4424 to schedule an appointment.