Baby boomers know their warning lights

Baby boomers come out on top when identifying dashboard warning lights, according to a new poll.

Prestone polled around 1,000 drivers to see if they could recognise some common warning lights that may appear on your dashboard.

On average, baby boomers scored 70%, with 100% knowing the battery warning light, 80% the brake problem light, and 86% the low screenwash warning light.

The poll also found:

  • Over half of 16-25 year olds don’t recognise the tyre pressure warning light
  • The emissions warning light is the one most drivers struggled to identify
  • The battery warning light was the easiest to identify overall
  • Generationally comparing, baby boomers did the best overall, correctly identifying 70% correctly and on each individual question, a higher percentage knew on most than in any other age group
  • 9 in 10 drivers (Gen Z) do not know what the emissions warning light means
  • Gen Z knew best on steering issues warning light and airbag malfunction warning light
  • Millennials did the worst, identifying the least of the warning lights correctly

Baby boomers and generation Z drivers performed the best, but the middle age groups, millennials and generation X struggled more. This age split seems to suggest a knowledge gap from the point where a driver passes their test as a teenager to when they become an experienced driver.

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