Knowing your car lights

It goes without saying that it's as important to be seen while you are driving, as it is to spot hazards.

Making sure that your lights are all in working order, and knowing what each one does, is an essential part of driving - and of staying safe on the road. Modern cars seem to compete on who can have the funkiest external lights; from bug eye shaped head lights to sweeping rear indicators - but at the end of the day however snazzy the lights, they all perform the same functions! 

Whatever you drive, it's really important to know how all the lights on your car work what they're used for, and to make sure they are working as they should. Our article about external car lights "enlightens" you - geddit ;-) - on all of this, including some helpful tips.

Once you're in the driver's seat, there are yet more lights to think about on your dashboard. These are symbols and warning lights which let you know how your car's doing or whether something is wrong. It's really important to know what the lights on your dash mean, so we've created a quick guide to knowing your car dashboard lights.

Your car lights

Do you know your dipped beams from your side lights? Your fogs from your hazards? Using and maintaining your car lights correctly is all part and parcel of staying safe on the road, so here, we talk about the external lights on your car.

Car dashboard lights

If your car was made in the last ten years or so it almost certainly features a dazzling array of sensors and electronics, all designed to give you an up to date picture of how your vehicle’s running and hopefully make your journeys a little smoother.  

Knowing your dashboard lights

All modern cars these days are pretty good at telling you if there's something wrong with them or if they have a fault, but your dashboard lights aren't something that the theory or driving test requires you to know. For most young drivers, seeing one of those little symbols blinking at you can be a bit worrying if you don't know what it means!