Dashboard lights are generally color-coded. It is reasonable to assume that the color of the dash light will give you some indication as to the severity or urgency of the information provided. As a rule, there are three classes of dashboard indicator lights easily distinguished by color: red, yellow, green and white. These colors are similar to traffic signal lights in color and meaning.

Red indicates a potential safety issue or serious problem, which should be attended to immediately by a professional. However, a red light might also serve as a reminder to the driver about service maintenance.

Indicates voltage level is below normal level and the vehicle's charging system is not functioning properly
Automatic transmission park warning
Your car is in danger of hitting another car or obstructing object
Exclamation point with a battery red dashboard warning sygnal
Battery and exclamation mark symbol is illuminated when the main battery’s charge is low
Your key fob battery needs to be changed and replaced, so you can continue using the remote
Key and key hole sign
Brake warning icon indicates a fault with the braking system
Dampers need checking
Shows that the car cannot run without the transponder key
Vehicle has found a fault in the airbag system
Car is nearing an empty tank of gas
The icon indicates that the hand brake / park brake is on
Automatic transmission oil temperature is high
Issue with the brake hydraulic system
The car’s steering lock needs to be released before the engine can be started
Anti-lock braking system isn’t working properly
Seat belts are not fitted correctly
Hazard lights are turned on
Check the brake fluid level and add fluid
There is a problem with the air suspension bags, likely due to a leak or inflation issue
Your trunk is not properly closed
Check the hood to make sure it is closed
Check coolant level, fan operation, radiator cap, coolant leaks
The vehicle is detected to be moving out of its current lane without signaling
Air bag system warning
Catalytic converter may not be working properly, possibly due to overheating
Low engine oil pressure indicator
Loss of oil pressure warning sygnal
Indicates that a door, hood or trunk is not closed
Vehicle key is required

The following signals are intended to point out routine needs for your car and are advisory lights. For example, the need to refill your tank, or close a hood. When a yellow or orange light activates, it is usually a signal that a component needs to be repaired or serviced. If the light flashes, it is important to contact a repair shop or dealership.

Open hand-held fan, which is supposed to be the windshield
Circle with dashes warning
Car headlight housing sign and drop
Key and question mark sign on the car dashboard
Orange spring on the dashboard
Orange pedal in the circle sign on a dashboard
Low tire pressure warning signal
A yellow/amber light means that regeneration is needed, which is done automatically while driving
Tow hitch and lock
Bulb and exclamation mark sign on the dashboard
Crossed bulb sign on the dashboard
Car sign with arrows over it
Back of the car with arrows nearby sign on a car dashboard
A bumpy circle with an exclamation mark
Diesel fuel filter warning sign on a dashboard
Car going down the hill
Clocks with arrow on dashboard
Engine warning light signal
Engine’s cooling system is low on fluid
Engine cooling system is low on fluid
It shows a man in a seat belt next to an oval airbag with an X through it
A lightning bolt between reversed brackets or parenthesis
Car with a gas hose warning signal
Air filter issue: dots and crossed arrows
Trailer warning on the dashboard
Exclamation mark and arrow to the right
Crossed suspension in the middle
A large closed circle between the two rear (bottom) wheels
A large X between the two rear (bottom) wheels
Large circles between upper and bottom wheels
Two arrows pointing at a ball in the center

The indicators and symbols in this next group are associated with special and unique automotive features. What used to be accessories in many cases. Green (sometimes blue) dashboard lights usually indicate a system is active and functioning as it should.

SHIFT and arrow on the dashboard green or blue
Circle with HOLD on the dashboard
Indicate when it is best to shift to a higher gear for optimum fuel economy
Car key warning light on dashboard
SERVICE warning on the dashboard
Eng A-stop warning on a dashboard
Lightning in a circle
Green foot in a circle
Speedometer with
Green car with arrows to the left and right
Bulb with stream of lights
Headlight housing with beams downwards
Car and EV letters dashboard sign
Word ECO on the dashboard
Power plug AC charging system is on

These lights are just for information. It is rare that you will have cause for concern if you see any of the dash symbols below, however you still need to be aware what they mean and why they might display. The white/grey icons indicate which function can be activated with a help of a certain switcher or button or light up to show that a system is operating.

Spanner light on car dashboard
Snowflake sign on dashbaord
Crossed airbag and man sitting
ESP - electronic stability programme; car with tires trace
Letter 'i' on a dashboard
Car with a wrench sign on a dashboard
Arrow to the right in the four cornered figure
Road and snowflake sign on a dashboard
Headlight housing with crossed light beams
Right and left arrows on the dashboard
Letter 'P' and triangle sign
Cooling fan icon on dashboard button
Curved window with a wiper
Curved window with curly arrows
Curved window with a wiper and drop
Car with arrow inside
Arrow points to the vehicle hood

You have, for sure, noticed every time your start a car that all of the lights on the dash illuminate and then quickly go out, this is all part of the start-up procedure and standard electrical & systems checks the car will do each time it is started. It’s usually quite rare to see any of these lights beyond the start-up, however would you know what any of these lights actually mean should they come on? Most of them are advisory and some will require your immediate attention, whilst some you may have more time to address. Either way, it is wise to understand what these dashboard warning lights mean and what actions you need to take.