How well do you know your dashboard symbols?
Brush up on your dashboard symbols before setting off on your next road trip.
Now that the Queensland Government has relaxed coronavirus travel restrictions to allow unrestricted trips and overnight stays around the state, many are gearing up for a road trip.
But before you set off your next Queensland adventure, make sure to familiarise yourself with your vehicle’s dashboard symbols and the latest advice from RACQ’s Motoring Advice team on what to do if they appear.
Check engine light
The check engine light indicates that there is an issue with the vehicles emission system. The cause of the light should be investigated and diagnosed ASAP.
Handbrake/ brake warning light
If the handbrake/ brake warning light appears, check that you have released the parking brake correctly. If the light remains on, it’s advised that you stop driving the vehicle until the braking system is checked by a repairer.
Engine oil pressure warning light
If the engine oil pressure warning light flashes, stop the car in a safe place, turn off the engine and check the oil level. If the oil level is low, top it up with your manufacturer’s recommend oil. If the engine’s oil level is OK, don’t drive the car and have it diagnosed.
If this light appears, your fog lights are switched on. Front and rear fog lights may only be used in adverse weather conditions, such as fog or heavy rain, that reduces visibility. Fines apply for their misuse.
If the battery light appears, stop driving and have the fault diagnosed. The fault may be a mechanical or electrical issue.
Car distance warning
The distance warning light indicates that the vehicle in front is either being approached too quickly or is too close. It can also appear to alert the driver of a stationary obstacle up ahead.
Are you looking for advice about buying, owning, selling, maintaining or repairing a vehicle in Queensland? Contact the RACQ Motoring Advice team, please call (toll-free) on 1800 623 456 or (07) 3666 9148 or have a live chat via the Motoring Advice website.