It’s never a good sign when your check engine light is on. However, this is not necessarily the same thing for everyone. In some cases, it may be a minor problem while at other times it may be more serious.
If your check engine light starts blinking, don’t panic. This doesn’t mean there is an emergency, so drive safe and don’t feel the need to move right away. Drive normally until you reach a safe location, then decide your next move. While there’s no need to panic, you should get your car checked as soon as possible to make sure you don’t have a more serious problem on your hands. Do not delay in doing this as it can lead to bigger problems and more headaches. Remember that this may not be a true emergency at this point in time, ignoring it is not an option.
The check engine light can mean several different things. In some cases, the problem is as minor as a loose gas cap while other times it is caused by a faulty engine. It’s hard to determine what exactly was causing the light to flash until you have your car evaluated by a professional who can locate and fix the problem.
Some thing you can do yourself before booking an appointment with your mechanic is a quick check of your dashboard to see if any other lights are flashing. If you see a red flash or your instincts are telling you something is wrong, safely stop at the first opportunity and call for help. Do not continue driving if you do not feel safe.
If the light is blinking slightly and not red, try tightening your gas cap. You’d be surprised how often this problem occurs and once you put the cap on correctly, the check engine light may disappear. You could try reducing your speed to see if that makes a difference or revving your car if you think it might be a problem.