You're driving to the gym when a symbol comes up on your dashboard. It seems harmless, and you're in a hurry, so you dismiss it. But knowing important symbols and how to react to them can keep you safe rather than sorry. Here are some dashboard symbols you need to know: 1. ENGINE TEMPERATURE WARNING LIGHT This light warns you that you engine is too hot. Turn off all nonessential systems like A/C and the radio. If this does not help, pull over on the side of the road. Wait at least 30 minutes before attempting to open the hood. Call a tow truck and have your car fully diagnosed at a trusted car repair shop. 2. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT There could be any number of reasons your check engine light is on. Your oxygen centre could need replacing, your gas cap is loose, your spark plugs need replacing...the list goes on. Get your car into a repair shop as soon as possible to investigate the issue. 3. FUEL INDICATOR This pump symbol means it's time for a gasoline refill. Stop by your nearest gas station and get pumping! 4. OIL PRESSURE WARNING This symbol indicates your engine is low on oil or that there is a problem with oil system. Get it checked at a local garage, fill up on oil and ensure there are no system issues. Got a good car break-down horror story? Share it with us!