I was driving through the desert this summer with the air conditioner cranked up in my car when suddenly a light went on on the dashboard, it made a binging sound, and I noticed my car was close to overheating. I pulled over to the side of the road and called my dad. I was only a few miles from civilization so he told me to turn off the air conditioner, turn on the heater and drive slowly into town with the hood half popped up. He used to be an auto technician and he explained to me that the car heater gets its heat from the engine and this cools down the car. So, I rolled down my windows, cranked the heater up high, and did what he told me to. And you know what, the thermometer for the car engine started dropping back down out of the red zone. Once I got to town, I used my phone to find a mechanic. He was really impressed with the advice my dad gave me. We still had to wait until my car cooled down before he could look at it though. A few hours later, the auto technician told me that I had run my car out of coolant and that’s why it was overheating. I felt so stupid. I don’t want to tell my dad that was the reason the car overheated. Oh well, lesson learned. A few gallons of coolant later, I was back on the highway with my air conditioner blasting away and the thermometer staying in normal.