Motorists can rightly feel stress and anxiety whenever a warning light shows up on their vehicle’s dashboard while driving.

Additionally, drivers may not be knowledgable on all of the possible symbols. has analysed the top ten warning lights people in the UK have looked on search engines for in order to try to understand and solve the problem before taking it to a garage.

A spokesperson for said: “It can cause a great deal of worry when a warning light comes on while you or driving but while it can interrupt your journey, they are necessary and are helping the motorist by giving advance warning of a problem.

“It can help to diagnose the problem more easily in the event of poor performance of a vehicle or even when a breakdown so that you can get the relevant assistance to get back on the road. It is therefore useful to know what some of the most common searched for warning lights mean.”

Here are the most common car warning symbols that may pop up on your dashboard.

The 10 most common car dashboard warning symbols?

Battery warning light

An illuminated battery light could be due to a number of issues, including: a loose or corroded battery cable, problem with the alternator or voltage regulator, damaged cells or plates inside the battery.

Brake warning light

When this light comes on, it means one of two things. Either the hydraulic fluid (brake fluid) in the master cylinder is low, or the parking brake is engaged. If the system springs a leak, the fluid level will drop. A leak can cause your brakes to fail.

Engine oil warning light

If the oil light comes on while you are driving, get to a safe place and turn the engine off immediately. It is important to stop driving your vehicle because you may have run out of oil.

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

An image of the Brakepad warning light can be seen on the Volkswagen website.

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 pressure tyre warning light

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Indicates low pressure in the tyres. 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 looking at.

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.