"The Heat Is On" is a lesson in the San Francisco Crash Course. The objective is to race through the east of the city while chased by a squad of police cars. In addition to passing through many checkpoints on route, you have to reach the final checkpoint at the Golden Gate Bridge, with no remaining pursuers on your tail. A similar police chase is seen at the end of Midterm 2, and another chase appears in the London Crash Course event, Artful Dodging, with different cars that chase the player's.

In the early beta versions of Midtown Madness 2, the route is completely different as it is mostly a straight line that heads for the final checkpoint at the Port of San Francisco (like in the next lesson, Midterm 2).