Can I be fined for driving with warning lights on my dashboard?

ALL car models have different dashboard warning lights and appear when you switch on the vehicle’s ignition.

The dashboard lights soon go out again but if one of these warning lights stay on when the engine is running it could mean there is a problem with the motor.

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60% of 2,000 UK motorists admit they don’t understand what their dashboard warning lights mean and 30% say they have no idea what to do when they appear. 

This is according to research from Vertu Motors who also found 10% end up having trouble later down the line by ignoring the dashboard warning lights. 

Ignoring the lights could end up seeing your vehicle breaking down or causing an accident, being stopped by police or having to fork out for repair costs. 

What do the warning lights mean?

There are three colours to look out for on your car dashboard and follows the traditional traffic light system.

They are: 

  • Green – This means that your car is in good condition and everything seems to be running smoothly. Sometimes it can also turn blue this is nothing major to worry about and could mean your screenwash may be to be checked and topped up. 
  • Amber – Yet again, this isn’t something that you need to worry about but does need your attention. Head to your nearest garage to get it checked out to avoid any further damage. 
  • Red – As you can imagine your car isn’t in the greatest condition if the warning light is red. You need to get it fixed immediately as it could lead to an accident or breakdown. 

Can I get fined?

According to the government website, you can get fined up to £2,500 for driving your car in a dangerous condition.

You can also receive three penalty points and be banned from driving if you continue to do it. 

It is your responsibility as a driver that your vehicle is safe to drive on the roads. 

Your vehicle handbook will tell you how often to check the engine oil, brake fluid level, battery and water level. 

We have contacted The AA for comment.

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