While you were driving, you slowly noticed (or perhaps quickly noticed) that the needle on your engine temperature model has just bolted upwards. What do you do now? Here’s a quick guide on what to do if your engine overheats:
- First of all, evaluate your surroundings and safely pull over.
- Cautiously lift the hood of your car, allowing some airflow to cool off the hot contents.
- Look around, but whatever you do, do not touch or remove the radiator cap, which would likely result in serious injury.
- Next, call a professional and wait for help. It is not safe to drive with an overheated engine.
- In the meantime, try to figure out what went wrong. Perhaps you are out of coolant, or one of the cooling system’s fans is broken.
In general, the summer seems to be the worst time of the year for engines overheating. Do you have any other tips? Let us know in the comments.