Ever wish your car could tell you when your windows have been left down before you find a soggy backseat after a heavy downpour?

Or maybe you wish there was an easier way of spotting your headlight had gone out other than waiting for your next door neighbour to wave at you?

Vehicle manufacturers have been urged to consider adding six new warning lights to future makes and models, in order to prevent fines and general motoring mishaps.

Driving experts from LeaseVan.co.uk have suggested six new warning lights that can alert to issues from low windscreen fluid and tyre tread to broken headlights and even open windows.

Motoring technology has progressed tenfold in recent years but while cars can let drivers know when tyre pressures are low and seatbelts are unbuckled, there are still a few safety features they could cover.

A spokesman added: “We’re entering the era of driverless vehicles, so surely adding a few extra warning lights to the dash shouldn’t be a huge ask?

“Letting drivers know when they’ve left their windows down or when a headlight is out seems pretty simple when considering some vehicles can now recognise when it’s safe to change lanes, and even park themselves!

“It’ll save drivers lots of hassle and reduce the number of things they have to remember to do periodically – like checking their wiper blades or windscreen fluid.”

1. Windscreen fluid is low

Although you’re supposed to check your windscreen wiper fluid regularly, most drivers will be guilty of letting it slip – but there’s nothing more annoying than going to clean your windscreen only to discover it’s all out of juice.

There’s a warning light for when your engine oil and fuel are low, so technologically speaking creating one for your windscreen fluid shouldn’t be too difficult.

2. Windows left down

Many drivers will be guilty of winding down the window on a bright, sunny day and leaving them cracked open slightly after parking up at home, only for the heavens to open and rain to pour in, soaking all the car seats in the process.

Most vehicles will beep when you take the key out of the engine if the headlights are still on, so something similar should be introduced for when windows are left down. 

It’s a matter of security too.

The alert could perhaps be overridden at the touch of a button in case the windows need to be left ajar for any reason.

3. Headlight out

If you live in a well-lit area, you could easily drive around for days without realising one of your headlights is out – it’s only when you travel further afield that it becomes glaringly obvious, and at that point it’s probably too late in the day to stop off, buy a replacement and have it fitted.

A simple warning light to let drivers know when one or more headlights or brake lights has gone would be extremely helpful and prevent these frustrating – and sometimes dangerous – scenarios from occurring, not to mention a potential £100 fine.

4. Wiper blades need changing

It’s generally advised that your wiper blades should be changed – or at the very least checked out and thoroughly cleaned – around every six months but again, this is a chore that drivers often let slip.

A dashboard light to notify motorists six months after wipers were last changed would therefore serve as a reminder to make sure yours are working properly and replace if necessary.

5. Tyre tread

Most modern cars now have an alert to let you know when tyre pressures are too low, so why don’t they let you know when your tyre tread’s getting close to the recommended minimum too?

Having worn tyres means the only contact patch between you and the road is past its best, and if the safety risks don’t hit home, you could land a £2,500 and three penalty points per worn tyre.

6. Too much weight

Perhaps you’ve had to squeeze more people than usual plus a boot full of luggage into your tiny city car to do an airport run, or you’ve loaded it to the brim to move house – whatever the case, an overloaded vehicle will be less stable, difficult to steer and take longer to stop.

They can also cause tyres to overheat and wear rapidly which increases the chance of blow-outs, and if you were to crash, it could render your insurance invalid.

So, some kind of notification to let you know when your car is too heavy or approaching the limit could be useful to prevent damage to your car’s overall condition – and ultimately your bank account.