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Aug 5, 2023

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, there’s no guessing what the unexpected appearance of a dashboard symbol is worth to drivers. Let’s admit, we have all been in that situation where we start the car or worse, are on the road, and the dashboard lights up with some obscure symbol we think we know but can’t quite figure out.

Here are 63 dashboard symbols and their meanings to help you make safe driving choices. Use our Dashboard Symbol Guide to help you to decide whether to continue driving or to pull over and request roadside assistance.

Dashboard Symbols.

Your vehicle is speaking. Are you listening?

A vehicle's dashboard helps drivers to remain safe on the road by letting them know something needs attention. Our Dashboard Symbol Guide will help you to recognize common, safety and warning indicators.

Remember, not all symbols are universal. If you are unsure, it’s best to refer to your owner’s manual or contact your dealer.

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The CAA Auto Advice team provides Members with free automotive advice. If you have questions about car care, buying a new or used vehicle, auto repairs, vehicle inspection, driving costs and more, contact us by phone at: 1-866-464-6448 or email: autoadvice@caasco.ca 

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