Drivers do not know how to use some of the controls on their cars, with a third (32%) panicking when a red light appears on their dashboard, according to research by Halfords.
Just one is four drivers could correctly identify what each switch or lever was and when it should be used, while 20% could not say what the red brake system alert light indicated.
Almost one in 10 (9.8%) did not know how to turn on their fog lights and over a quarter (26%) could not say what the symbol showing air tyre pressure loss meant.
A possible reason for drivers to be confused by their cars could be the increasing use of technology, even in basic models, which can have between 30 and 50 different functions.
Drivers also seem less keen to read their handbooks with around 66% admitting they have never opened it, instead relying onbreakdown cover to get them out of a fix.
Copyright Press Association 2012