Post-lockdown Life – Are you ready to drive again?

10th July 2020

While lockdown has proven to be a difficult time for us all, recent announcements mean that normalcy is insight. With the reopenings of restaurants, pubs, and shops, many of us are more likely to start properly venturing out of our homes for the first time in months.

A survey of ‘2,000 motorists revealed that over the past 28 days the average driver has covered just 90 miles – with 30 percent driving 25 miles or fewer.’

‘With so little driving, 18 percent have struggled to get back to normal behind the wheel of a car’.

As a result, Lease Car has created an interactive asset that would hopefully help remind and encourage drivers on how to return to the road safely. Their quiz on car warning lights is an educational and fun way of reminding ourselves what they mean and consequently how to accurately respond to them. 

Even with many years of driving experience under our belt, some of us may still find some of these unfamiliar. 

Here is an overview of what the quiz covers: 

Engine warning light

Some people thought that this symbol meant low fluid oil, but instead, this can be something more severe and should be checked by a professional when possible. 

Tyre pressure monitor warning

Commonly confused with a brake warning light, this is a warning light to let you know when the vehicle detects low pressure or a puncture in your tyre. Once this light illuminates, it is best to find a nearby petrol station to check and refill your tyres. If the problem persists you may have to visit the garage for the tyre to be replaced. 

Anti-lock braking system warning

The ABS signals that your anti-lock might be damaged or ineffective. While it is safe to keep driving for the time being, it is still best if you had it looked at by a professional. 

Battery charge warning

This symbol is quite straightforward as it looks exactly like a battery. If you guessed that it’s something to do with your car battery, you are correct! When this light illuminates it can indicate a few things. For example, a faulty battery, an alternator fault or a broken drive, either way, these are things that don’t seem to be quick fixes, so you may want to get a professional to check it out. 

While these warning lights are quite universal, some vehicles still differ from others. The best way to be fully prepared for the road is to be familiar with its manual in case these lights do light up on your dashboard. 

Test your own warning light knowledge and take the quiz to see how well you do and share your results using the hashtag # WarningLightsTest.

Corey is an all round tech guru who has worked at some major blue chip companies. He started Poweronemedia to share his views and knowledge with the rest of the blogging world.