Honda dashboard with numerous warning lights illuminated

Know Those Warning Lights So You Know When to Get Vehicle Service

What Does the Car Skidding Warning Light Mean? 

On the instrument cluster of your vehicle are a number of different lights that may illuminate at any given time. Some of these symbols are pretty easy to understand, but others can be a bit confusing. For example, what does that car skidding warning light mean? Does it mean that you are losing control or something else entirely? Allow us to explain. 

When you see the symbol of a car with squiggly lines behind it become illuminated, and likely flashing, it indicates that your vehicle stability assist program is engaged. The exception would be if the symbol has OFF written underneath it, which means your vehicle stability assist system has been turned off. 

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What Does the Vehicle Stability Assist System Do? 

Put simply, the vehicle stability assist system, as you might have guessed, helps stabilize the vehicle. If your vehicle seems like it’s slipping a bit either in rough road conditions or when taking a corner to fast, the system can kick in to help keep things on the right track by adjusting the engine output and braking. 

Again, if you see that symbol blinking and then stopping shortly after, it likely just means the system was engaged. It’s a good warning to maybe slow things down a bit. If it remains illuminated, it could indicate that there is a problem with the system. 

What Do Other Honda Dashboard Warning Symbols Mean? 

If you are now wondering what some of the other dashboard warning lights mean, we can help. We can’t speak for all brands, but we can speak for Honda. Check out the guide below. In this case, we are looking specifically at the 2018 Honda Accord. 

[wrc_column grid=”12″ width=”2″ type=”start”]red battery iconBattery[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”12″ width=”2″]red icon of person with seat belt and airbagSupplemental Restraint System[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”12″ width=”2″]yellow icon of car engineCheck Engine Light[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”12″ width=”2″]"ABS" written inside circle and two quarter circlesAnti-Lock Brake System[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”12″ width=”2″]steering wheel icon next to exclamation pointElectric Power Steering[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”12″ width=”2″ type=”end”]letters ACC in yellowAdaptive Cruise Control[/wrc_column]

[wrc_column grid=”12″ width=”2″ type=”start”]letters LKAS in yellowLane Keeping Assist System[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”12″ width=”2″]yellow car icon inside circle on black backgroundSafety Support System[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”12″ width=”2″]exclamation inside cutout icon of tireTire Pressure Warning[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”12″ width=”2″]red icon of person wearing a seat beltSeat Belt Reminder[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”12″ width=”2″]yellow fuel pump iconYellow Fuel Pump Icon[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”12″ width=”2″ type=”end”]red dotImmobilizer[/wrc_column]

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