According to a report from, UK motorists mostly turn to the Internet to...

According to a report from, UK motorists mostly turn to the Internet to explain battery warning lights.

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A battery warning light on the dashboard is the most frequently searched warning light on the Internet by people trying to understand and remedy the problem before taking it to a garage, according to a new report from

In terms of what “warnings” seem to be top concerns among UK motorists, the quantity of search activity for battery warnings was followed by brake warning light and engine warning light searches.

Understandably, drivers may feel stress and anxiety whenever a warning light comes on their vehicle’s dashboard while they are behind the wheel. Not every vehicle has a manual, especially if it is a used car that has had multiple owners. So, it’s not surprising that many people turn to the Internet for information and advice when caution lights appear.

Even professional fleet drivers sometimes need a reminder about what a caution light is telling them. The following are seven more dashboard warning lights — and what they mean — that motorists actively searched on the Internet to better understand.

Engine temperature warning light: When the coolant temperature warning light goes on, the engine is seriously overheated, which can be caused by overheating, lack of cooling water, or a cooling system that is having trouble.

Engine management light: The light is connected to your car's engine control unit (ECU), and is the first indicator of issues with the engine's electronic network and indicates there could be a problem if the light stays on when you turn the ignition.

Brakepad warning light: The brake pads are getting low. Without any pad material, the brakes won't stop the car as quickly so waiting too long is dangerous and increases the risks of getting into a collision.

Low tire pressure warning light: Indicates low pressure in the tires. If the pressure is extremely low, it does become dangerous to drive, especially at high speeds. 

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) warning light: The ABS on a vehicle prevents the wheels from locking up when a driver slams on the brake pedal in an emergency situation or on a wet or slippery surface and when it is lit, this indicates a problem that needs to be solved.

Airbag warning light: There may be an issue with a crash sensor, SRS module, or other airbag component. This is important to get checked out as quickly as possible.

Power steering warning light: In hydraulic power steering systems, a leak in the system causing a low fluid level is the most common cause for this problem. The cause may vary according to the type of power steering system in your car. 

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