When a tyre warning light comes on, there’s usually only one thing on your mind: fixing the issue. However, to do that you need to be able to recognise the symbol the dashboard is showing you. According to a study by Goodyear tyres, this is not always the case.
In fact, a lot of younger drivers are more likely to recognise an emoji over their tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) warning light. 88% of the drivers surveyed correctly recognised the eye-roll emoji, whereas 51% of the drivers recognised the TPMS warning light on their dashboard.
It is not just younger drivers that need to read up on their symbols more either, as 39% of overall drivers in Goodyear’s study failed to recognise the symbol when surveyed. This leads to a lack of precautionary actions when driving, especially in the winter. Lack of action can cause accidents and breakdowns to be more common, costing them money.
The TPMS warning light shows you that your tyre pressure has dropped below an acceptable level. This can be for many reasons, such as a leak due to damage to the rim or a puncture. Pressure can also fluctuate according to the weather conditions at the time (Cold weather can cause pressure to drop while hot weather causes pressure to rise). This can cause many problems such as poor handling and more fuel consumption, as well as the obvious problems of tyre blowouts.