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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Millions of British motorists are driving their cars without any knowledge of the symbols on the dashboard

    Millions of British motorists are driving their cars without any knowledge of the symbols on the dashboard, according to new research.

    A study of 2,000 drivers shows nine in 10 have had a symbol pop up on the dashboard which they haven’t recognised.

    Dashboard symbols motorists were unsure of

    One in three cannot recognise which symbol is the headlamp indicator, while 27 per cent can’t identify the ‘check engine’ sign.

    And when people DO understand what the car is warning them about, very few know how to manage the problem themselves.

    Tasks people are unsure how to do on their vehicle

    Two thirds of those polled have no idea how to check the oil, just under half don’t know how to change a tyre and 44 per cent wouldn’t have a clue how to change the windscreen wipers.

    While 58 per cent have no idea what their tyre thread limit should be, when it becomes illegal, or how to check it.

    David Carter, spokesman for Accident Advice Helpline, said: “It’s worrying how little drivers know about their own cars.

    “Knowing the meaning of a dashboard symbol on your car could be the difference between having an accident or not.”

    If something goes wrong with their car what do people do?

    The study reveals only 16 per cent of drivers would now try to fix a problem with their car themselves, with most people taking the car to a garage or asking for help from their families.

    What people do when a dashboard symbol pops up

    45% of people would look online if they didn’t know what it was with the remainder taking their car to the garage or seeking help from friends or family.

    Although 3% of people have admitted that they’d just continue to drive their car until it started to feel unsafe for them to drive.

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    When it comes to car maintenance, a quarter of motorists admit they have been late in getting their car through the MOT, potentially driving around unaware of a major issue which may have impacted the cars safety.

    Of these, 18 per cent took their car to the garage more than 16 days after the test was due.

    Reasons people were late getting their car MOTed

    The most common reasons for missing the car MOT were forgetting, feeling the car was safe and not being able to afford it.

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