I took a trip to Pennsylvania to see my best neighbor get married last warm season. It was the most charming wedding I have ever seen. On the way back I had to rest in traffic in the middle of NY City & while sitting in traffic the temperature gauge kept rising & I didn’t guess what was happening at first so I panicked & pulled off the next exit I saw & pulled into McDonald’s parking lot right off the exit. I sat for a moment, unsure of what to do! Was I able to drive home, which was another multiple hours away? Did I have to wait it out, for how long? I had no idea, and all I knew is that my car was particularly tired & needed to rest for at least a few hours. The unusual space was, I could drive my car without the temperature gauge rising as long as I was particularly driving – the hour I got stuck in the smallest bit of traffic was when the temperature gauge would start to rise again. Eventually after waiting it out for a short while, I decided to get back on the road & see what happens; if I had to keep pulling over here & there, so be it, was my thought process. I ended up making it apartment & took my car to the mechanic the next day – turns out, my car was low on engine coolant & my car was overheating. I had no plan & I had never maintained it prior to this happening in the several years I had owned the car. The mechanic topped off my coolant & just told myself and others to keep an eye on it. Thankfully it was nothing more dire because that could’ve been a actually pricey fix.