DRIVERS are baffled by technology with more than 60 per cent of motorists admitting they don't understand all the symbols on their car's dashboard.
And one in ten say they have no idea about any of the warning lights that festoon the instrument panels of many modern vehicles.
A survey by Romanian car maker Dacia has turned the spotlight on our love affair with the latest gadgets on which we spend billions of pounds a year.
The study of 2,000 adults in Britain concluded that most believe many everyday household items such as computers, televisions and even washing machines have become too complicated.
When it comes to cars, less than a quarter of all respondents said they were able to use all of the functions fitted to their car.
Smartphones were named as the gadget with the most unused functions with more than a third saying they could use less than half of the settings available.
Louise O'Sullivan, dead of Dacia UK, said: "The influx of gadgets and technology into our lives was supposed to make living easier but our survey showed that millions of people aren't even using half of the functions their tech offers, which makes you question how much benefit the user is getting."
According to international IT research company Gartner, Brits spent an incredible £123.9 billion on high tech equipment such as smartphones, PCs and tablets in 2015 yet the latest study has revealed most buyers simply do not understand how to use their devices to the full.
According to Dacia, one in five now own three or more kitchen gadgets that they never use, six in ten have no idea how to fully operate their washing machine and 15 per cent of have returned a piece of technology because it was too difficult to use.
"There's a lot to be said for simplicity in gadgets, things that have just a few functions and perform them well," said Ms O'Sullivan, adding that her company - now owned by Renault - believed in using technology in its vehicles only when it is needed.