New research by the Accident Advice Helpline shows that nine out of 10 people have had a symbol pop up in their car that they don’t recognise. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor and former racing driver, comments on the importance of being able to identify crucial dashboard indicators:

“It is worrying that so many people don’t recognise all dashboard symbols in their car beca these alerts are crucial to road safety. The research shows that 27% of people can’t identify the engine warning sign – something which could save drivers time and money on costly repairs and also ensure that only road-worthy cars are driven on our streets.

“Furthermore, the report found around half of people polled don't know how to change a tyre or check the tyre tread. We encourage all drivers to learn how to check the basics and at the very least - what the minimum a tyre tread should be.

“ research revealed that 32,000 penalty points and £27 million in fines were handed out to drivers with defective tyres in 2016. A regular check of your tyres can avoid 3 penalty points and £2,500 in fines for having tyres worn beyond the legal minimum limit. If you are looking to replace your tyres, we recommend shopping around online to ensure you’re getting the best deal.”