Drive the car until you either get to a mechanic or notice water/coolant leaks and stop immediately. the problem is most likely hydrolock in which case keeping driving will make it worse. don't add water; this mostly only works if the coolant was lost because of old age, not an accident like yours where there's no coolant left in the system at all.
how do you fix a car that overheats?
-check the coolant level. this is often the most common cause of an overheated engine. check all hoses and flush system to ensure proper circulation and remove debris from front grill, which may block airflow.
-check the fan belt: if it is loose, replaces it with a new one and/or tighten as needed. decrease engine speed if this adjustment does not fix issue by rotating distributor clockwise until car accelerates normally again
-drain tank if low on coolant or replace as required
-increase time between oil changes to increase life of vehicle, but be sure to change fluid as necessary
how long does it take for a car to cool down after overheating?
it takes an averagely-sized car about 30 minutes to cool down and become operable again after overheating.
safety: if you drive your car while it's still hot, that could be a safety risk if the engine explodes and catches on fire while you're driving. so even though it's tempting to keep driving during traffic jams because we don't want to get out of the ac, please try our best not to get back into your vehicle until at least 30 minutes after it overheated because there may be serious consequences for doing so. and also remember that turning the ac off won't make this time go by any faster either; in fact, because warm air is compressed and thus dense and heavier than cold air, when
can you still drive your car if it overheats?
yes, but you need to take preventative measures.
if your car is operating at normal temperature levels the right course of action is to pull over immediately and turn off the engine. if heat ceases, everything should be fine. if it continues not just for a long time but for hours, then it may be indicative of an issue that needs attention asap – either coolant leaks or oil/radiator issues etcetera- so have someone with professional knowledge diagnose it as soon as possible after experience this problem. failing to do so could lead to worse consequences if indeed there are other underlying problems associated with mechanic malfunctions or damaged hoses etcetera- because hidden damage can become quite significant if left undetected.
what happens when your car overheats and you keep driving?
the engine may seize, or the head gasket may blow. alternatively, the radiator could leak fluid and disrupt overheat protection by overcooling instead of overheating a hot engine. it can lead to a cracked block if on cold days it is used more than on warm days because on cold days your coolant volume will be under pressure from the cold weather and once at operating temperature on these occasions it will expand more rapidly, but if you run the car hard on cold mornings this may add extra stress on severely compromised cooling systems.
if that is not done then you risk damaging various delicate parts of the engine like cylinders or head gaskets which can cost hundreds or even thousand invested dollars for repairs without mentioning any