If your car overheats, consider it a roadside emergency. Continuing to drive an overheating vehicle can cause further damage and even catastrophic engine failure. Instead, turn on the heater, reduce your speed, and pull over as soon as it is safe. Turn off the engine and open the hood.
DO NOT open the radiator cap until at least 20 minutes have passed and the radiator feels cool to the touch. The pressure in a hot radiator can cause it to violently spew very hot coolant and steam in your face.
Once the radiator is cool, look for any obvious problems such as a broken drive belt or hose. If you do not see anything obvious, carefully open the radiator cap and add a mixture of coolant and water. Plain water can be substituted if necessary, but be sure to have your mechanic restore the proper balance of water and coolant as part of the repair. Drive slowly to a repair facility, and be prepared to stop immediately if your vehicle begins overheating again.
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