Five Winter Accessories for Your Car

2016 Lincoln MKX - Beckley, WV

Is your vehicle winter-ready?

Here in West Virginia, winter weather can be harsh and we likely still have the worst ahead of us. If you have to drive through difficult winter conditions, here are five winter accessories for your car that will make the drive a little easier.

  1. Remote Starter. If your car isn’t already equipped with one, you can get one added. A remote starter is particularly useful on days when there is heavy snow and ice. Start warming up your car early and it will make scraping it off so much easier.
  2. Seat warmer. Many luxury models include this feature as standard, but if your car doesn’t, add an aftermarket warmer to keep you toasty during long winter drives.
  3. Snow tires. Snow tires are specifically designed to cut through snow. They are made with a unique rubber compound that stay pliable even under frigid conditions.
  4. All season floor mats. Get a set of heavy-duty rubber floor mats to save your car’s carpeting from the salt, dirt, and grime that gets dragged in during the winter.
  5. Emergency kit. You never know when the weather will get the best of you. Keep an emergency kit with winter necessities in your car.

If you want to get your car ready for winter, we offer many of these accessories right here at Mountaineer Lincoln.

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2017 Lincoln Continental Style Oozes Luxury

Lincoln is bringing luxury back with the all-new 2017 Lincoln Continental. This brand-new sedan, which uses one of the brand’s most well-known nameplates, showcases a new level of luxury. With an upscale interior, an elegant exterior, and a slew of high-tech features, the new 2017 Lincoln Continental style is making a big splash in the luxury car industry.

Design

With the 2017 Lincoln Continental style, the American carmaker was hoping to offer “quiet luxury.”It does so in spades. A bold grille stands out from the rest of the front end, highlighted by a classy, unexpected headlight design. Sculpted bodylines create a dramatic silhouette, while chrome door handles look pretty and hide a pressure-sensitive E-latch door release. In the rear, the Continental offers a dramatic taillight design that is modern and innovative.

2017 Lincoln Continental Style Interior

Luxury

Inside the 2017 Continental’s cabin, luxury is king. Heated, cooled, and massaging seats are available throughout—even the backseats—making it easy to feel pampered when you are out on the road. With a 30-way adjustable front seat option, it comes as no surprise that these seats are even referred to as “Perfect Position Seats.” There is even an available Revel audio system, which has 19 speakers.

 

The 2017 Lincoln Continental is pure luxury, making it a great option for premium car buyers. Learn more about this brand-new model at Mountaineer Lincoln.

Follow These Tips to Get Your Christmas Tree Home Safely

When you have finally found the perfect Christmas tree for your home, it’s important to know how to get it home. To help make sure that you, your car, and your tree return home intact, follow these tips to get your Christmas tree home safely.

Get Your Christmas Tree Home Safely

Avoid Scratches

The needles of a pine tree can do a lot of damage to your car’s paint job. One of the best ways to avoid this from happening is to wrap the tree before placing it on your car’s roof. The best way of doing so is using netting, which many tree farms use when you purchase your tree. If you don’t have netting, simply wrap the branches in a blanket or tarp to keep both your tree and your car from getting damaged.

Point it the right direction

Choosing the perfect tree is hard work, and it’s likely you don’t want it to be ruined by the time you get home. Pointing the tree trunk towards the front of your car, though, is a great way to avoid any ruffled—or lost—pine needles. It cuts down on any possible wind damage that could occur.

Secure it well

You don’t want to lose your tree before you even get home, so strap it down securely. If your car has roof rails, use bungee cords or rope to secure it. For cars that don’t, there’s an easy fix. First, open your car doors. Then, tie the tree down by looping the rope through your car and up, over your tree. Do this multiple times, and then shut your doors. This should ensure your tree is safe for the ride home.

What to Do if You Hit an Animal while Driving

If you’re unfortunate enough to hit an animal while driving, there are some things you should do, both in terms of your own safety and the law.

Immediately after the collision, pull over to the side of the road and put your emergency lights on, and if you have flares put them out so other drivers have forewarning.

If you hit an animal, it’s important to call the police and report the accident. Many states require you to do so and enforce penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an animal collision.

This is good not only so that the animal can get some kind of medical attention or be removed from the scene but also so that you have a report of the incident to tell your insurance company about if your vehicle needs repairs.

After you’ve called the authorities, take photos of the scene to document for the police report and your insurance company. If the animal seems to still be alive, keep an eye on it and keep some distance from it—it’s probably scared and may attack if you get too close.

Do your best to avoid hitting animals by staying off the road when it’s dark, going the speed limit, and avoiding driving distractions.

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Fun Thanksgiving Treats that Aren’t Pie

If you want to mix it up at Thanksgiving this year, we’ve found some fun dessert ideas that will set your treat apart from the smorgasbord of pies. Plus, they’re super fun for the kids to help out with!

Check out Delish.com’s article on Turkey Treats for a 14 cute and simple recipes. Using chocolate peanut butter cups for the faces and candy corns for feathers, you can make adorable turkey Rice Krispie treats, or turn no-bake cookies into turkeys with pretzel sticks. If you want to get really artsy, make some cutout cookies and decorate them—the ones featured here are seriously impressive.

Delish.com also has an article on mini-desserts for Thanksgiving so you can put away as many different kinds of sweet things as you possibly can before the day is done. Mini sweet potato soufflés, pumpkin cheesecake fries, pumpkin spice fudge, and fried apple rings are just a few of the recipes on this list, and they all look absolutely amazing.

You should also look through the New York Times Cooking section for non-pie Thanksgiving desserts, which features pecan pie truffles, pumpkin panna cotta, pumpkin gelato, and apple crumb crostata. I think we’re developing a pattern here. Is it really a Thanksgiving dessert if there’s no apple or pumpkin?

These recipes are perfect for the pie-exhausted baker, so click those links and get inspired!

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Lincoln Black Label Benefits

Lincoln Black Label Benefits

Lincoln Black Label is like James Bond – ready, willing, and excellent at what it does. Once you become a member of Lincoln Black Label, you’ll enjoy all the wonderful and exclusive benefits. From hands-on assistance to vehicle care, there are plenty of reasons to buy a Lincoln Black Label vehicle.

From beginning to end, there will be a Black Label liaison at your service. They’ll answer any questions, take care of any requests, and work out any problem you may encounter. Overall, the entire process will be easy and simple so you don’t have to stress.

Keeping your vehicle clean and cared for is important, and that’s why Lincoln Black Label is ready for you. You can get a complimentary car wash at any time and annual detailing is available for your convenience.

As you’d expect from such an exquisite service, Lincoln Black Label is willing to deliver. If you live within 30 miles of a participating Lincoln Black Label dealership, you can have your car delivered to you.

Possibly best of all, being a Lincoln Black Label member gives you access to the Culinary Collection. With a list of restaurants with the best-of-the-best chefs, you can get an at-your-service dining experience anytime. To kick off your Lincoln Black Label membership, you’ll enjoy a complimentary dinner for two at any of the Culinary Collection restaurants.

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

This year’s holiday season will be kicking off in just a few weeks with ghosts and ghouls wandering the streets in search of goodies. Halloween is right around the corner which means it’s time to get costumes, routes, and candy in order. Having a safe night is more important than a bag full of candy. Here at Mountaineer Lincoln, we have a few trick-or-treat safety tips to make every parent’s life easier this Halloween!

  • Driving – Check your area’s local trick-or-treat hours and avoid driving if possible. If not, minimize distractions by turning off the radio, putting the smartphone away, and keep your lights on at all times. Doing so could prevent an accidental collision with a child.
  • Costumes – Make sure your child’s costume fits well enough that they aren’t going to trip, overheat, or be too cold on trick-or-treat night. Attach a glow stick to their costume to ensure you can spot them from a distance among a crowd of children. The last thing any parent wants is an injured or missing child, after all.
  • Routes – An adult should accompany children under the age of 12 while those over the age of 13 should stick to familiar, well-lit areas. Parents and supervisors should plan their route ahead of time to avoid any lost children and maximize candy collection.

Lincoln Motor Company Philanthropy Exceeds $6.2 Million

Through its campaign Driven to Give, Lincoln Motor Company philanthropy has exceeded $6.2 million, with $1.5 million raised in the last year alone. Driven to Give began in 2011 to help Lincoln dealers support their communities by teaming up with non-profit organizations.

Lincoln Motor Company philanthropy

This fall, Lincoln will use the all-new 2017 Lincoln Continental to support its charity efforts, with participation in Driven to Give building with anticipation for the upcoming Lincoln lineup. Lincoln dealers host a one-day event where they agree to donate $20 for every participant who test drives a new Lincoln. Lincoln even has a way for customers to earn a bonus donation for up to $40 per participant.

Lincoln works with schools and local organizations to host Driven to Give events. This lets them not only donate money but build relationships with these organizations, become personally involved in the community, and get to know potential Lincoln drivers.

One of the organizations benefitted by Driven to Give is Magical Meadows, a therapeutic horse riding facility that in Indiana that helps children and people with developmental disabilities to use horse riding as a way to exercise, relax, and gain self-confidence.

The Lincoln Continental will be eligible this fall, and this year’s bonus vehicle is the Lincoln MKZ, while last year’s was the MKX.

How to Refill Tires

The weather is going to take a turn for the colder soon, and that can mean a big decrease in your tire pressure. Cold makes the air in tires shrink, so it’s important throughout fall and winter to consistently check the pressure and add air when necessary. Just follow this easy guide on how to refill tires.

Buy a pressure gauge if you don’t already have them—they can run pretty cheap, so you don’t have to worry about cost. Check your pressure every couple of weeks and check your owner’s manual for the right psi for your car’s tires.

If your pressure is low, adding air is a simple process. Whether you have an air hose at home or need to run to the gas station, it won’t take more than a few minutes. If you have to go to the gas station, bring quarters to pay for the air. Make sure you bring enough to fill up all the tires you need to do.

You fill tires the same way you check the pressure—take the cap off the valve stem and press the tip of the hose into it. If you can hear air leaking out, you haven’t connected the hose to the valve stem correctly. Remove the hose periodically to check the pressure. If it gets too high at any point, just let a little out. Repeat with all the tires that are low on air, and you’re done!

Don’t forget to schedule your service appointment with us for any other service needs!

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Three Dangerous Driving Habits

Some driving habits are completely benign, if not socially unacceptable, like rocking out to “Who Let The Dogs Out” on repeat with your windows down. Other driving habits are just plain dangerous

# 1 – Drowsy driving. The real problem with drowsy driving is that pretty socially acceptable. Everybody seems to do it. But they probably wouldn’t if they knew the statistics. Drowsy driving contributes to 100,000 crashes a year.

# 2 – Speeding. There is certainly an acceptable margin of speeding. If there weren’t, then police officers would pull you over for going 1 mph over the speed limit and that’s nearly unheard of. However, speeding excessively lowers your reaction time. It also means you are no longer driving with the flow of traffic, which makes you unpredictable. The result is higher risk of accidents.

# 3 – Failing to yield the right-of-way. This is a common cause of accidents and a dramatic cause of accidents among folks 70 years old and older. If you are unsure about who must yield in certain traffic situations, follow the signage. In the absence of signs, study these rules.

Maybe your questionable taste in music can’t be helped. But your dangerous driving habits can.

Three Dangerous Driving Habits