A car fire on the Garden State Parkway and an truck that blew a tire on Route 18 caused major traffic issues in Monmouth County.

Burned out car on the Garden State Parkway (TheLakewoodScoop.com)

Both roads are open.

A car fire on the northbound Parkway at exit #98 for I-195 in Wall Township had the road closed with delays back to at least #91 in Brick for a delay of at least seven miles.

Meanwhile, drivers hoping to use Route 18 as a short cut around southbound Parkway delays were  at a standstill because of a pickup truck that ran off the road at Deal Road had the road closed with delays back to Route 36 in Eatontown.

The Shore Area Dispatch (S.A,N.D.) Facebook page reports the pick up fell off a transporter truck.

Southbound on the Garden State Parkway a later accident at #109 in Red Bank has traffic backed up to #114 but that crash is also cleared.

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Accident on Route 18 (Jasmine Rodriguez, Townsquare Media NJ)

Sitting in traffic can cause your car to overheat. What should you do if your car's temperature starts to rise? Crank the heat! Esurance offers this advice.

  1. First, always carry an extra bottle of coolant (also called antifreeze) in your car, as well as a jug of water. Engines typically overheat because the coolant’s low, so topping it up will usually solve the problem. Failing that, water will also temporarily do the trick. Plus, that water could be a lifesaver on long, sweltering summer drives. Just don’t drink it all.
  2. When you see the temperature gauge creeping into the red or a notification light glowing, immediately turn off your air conditioner (since the AC puts a lot of strain on your engine). Roll the windows down to cool off the way nature intended.
  3. If the problem persists, crank your heater up to full blast. It could make the next few miles a pretty brutal experience, but the transfer of heat away from the engine might just save its life.
  4. Should the preceding steps fail, pull over as soon as you can. Turn off the engine. If you can pop the hood from the driver’s seat, do so — but don’t risk opening it by hand until the engine has cooled, especially if you see steam wafting off the engine. It typically takes a solid 30 minutes for an engine to cool down enough for it to be safe to handle. If you’d rather let a professional handle the problem, it’s time to call for a tow truck.
  5. Once the engine has cooled, check the coolant tank. It’s usually a translucent plastic tank near the radiator. If the coolant tank is empty, you may have sprung a leak. Take a quick look under the car. If you notice a drip or puddle, chances are the coolant tank is leaking.
Garden State Parkway northbound approaching #91 (NJ DOT)
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