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One for the Books — Basic Auto Warning Symbols

Posted By Staff Reporter, Monday, September 17, 2018

 Automobiles are much in the news lately with the soon to be coming onslaught of self-driving vehicles. To say the least they are controversial. For insurance they are a nightmare in the potential for income and claims loss.

 Self-driving vehicles are also dangerous when one of them is operated by someone not paying attention to what the vehicle is telling them. The deaths of several people during experimental driving prove that fact.

 That people may not understand a vehicle that drives itself led the insurance search engine The Zebra to poll 5,000 people and ask them what they know about their ordinary cars and trucks when a warning light pops up.

 The researchers started with these questions:

  As of 2016 there were 222 million licensed drivers in the U.S.

  There were 263.6 million registered vehicles

  What do we know about the three most common and important warning lights?

  Tire pressure warning light

  Coolant temperature warning light

  Oil pressure warning light

Here’s what was found:

  73% of Americans don’t know what their oil pressure warning light means

  40% don’t understand the coolant temperature light

  30% don’t understand the tire pressure warning light

The next step in the questioning is how long does it take us to deal with a warning light when one pops up. The answers are kind of shocking:

  Same day —  19%

  Within a week — 34%

  Within a month — 10%

  Never — 11%

  I’ll fix it myself — 23%

Waiting too long is costly.

Here’s what The Zebra says ignoring these lights can run in terms of dollars:

  Oil pressure problems start at $500 and work their way up

  Waiting longer than a month could end up with the need for a new engine. It can run $2,000 to $4,000

  Coolant temperature warnings — if you wait too long — can again end up in total engine failure and a price tag of $2,000 to $4,000

  Tire pressure problems aren’t quite as expensive but tires aren’t cheap and neither are rims of a rim ends up being damaged

The conclusion? It’s obvious. The faster you respond, the less problems and the lower the cost of repairing the vehicle.

Source link: PropertyCasualty360.com

Tags:  Auto warning symbols  autonomous vehicles  PIA Western Alliance  self driving vehicles 

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