Over 3/5 of motorists don’t know what the brake warning light symbol means according to a survey of car maintenance knowledge.
The survey from motor retailer JCT600 found that 63% of motorists didn’t know what the brake warning light was with 17.4% thinking it mean top up the oil while 6.5% thought the light meant restart the engine. Meanwhile, 4.2% though it meant push the foot brake and 1.3% thought it meant simply continue the journey as normal.
One-in-four motorists (24.7%) aren’t sure how to check their car’s oil level while 45% didn’t know how to check their tyre tread depth.
Comparing responses based on age revealed that 18-24 year-olds are the least likely age group to know their recommended tyre pressure (30%). They are also the least likely group to know exactly how to check their car’s oil (60%). By contrast, those aged 55+ are the most likely to know their recommended tyre pressure (50.15%) and most likely to know how to check their oil (83.28%).
Comparing based on gender showed that men get their cars serviced more often than women on average (every 1.36 years versus every 1.47 years) but check their tyre pressure less often (every 5.14 years versus every 4.56 years). Men are nearly twice as likely to know their recommended tyre pressure compared with women (58.97% versus 31.84%). Men are also more likely to know how to check their tyre tread (67.42% versus 43.3%) and more likely to know how to check their car’s oil level (87.63% versus 63.69%).
Commenting on the findings, Andy Bateman, head of operations at JCT600, said: “Discovering that more than 6 in 10 motorists don’t know what their brake warning light means, and that a quarter don’t know how to check their oil level, was a surprise, to say the least. The fact that nearly half don’t know how to check their tyre tread depth was perhaps a little less of a shock, but with access to better information, these are all simple tasks for anyone who owns a car.”