If this light is on, it’s time to service your vehicle according to the car manufacturer.
It’s safe to drive your vehicle; you do not have to change the oil immediately, but you should change the oil soon.
Usual problems: oil change is overdue, service reminder light is not reset
Oil change reminder light comes on when the engine computer estimates the oil needs to be changed. EDUs calculate hours of engine operation and operating conditions. Oil keeps the moving parts of the engine lubricated, reducing friction and wear. You should change engine oil every 3,000 miles for short city driving or every 5,000 miles for consistent highway driving.