Driver’s License App Brings Us One Step Closer to Ditching the Wallet

There may come a day when we no longer need wallets – in the traditional sense, anyway, and that day may be here sooner than we think. A new app will allow Iowa residents to access their driver’s licenses on their phones, allowing users to leave the traditional license at home.

The free app will display an image of an Iowa citizen’s license the same exact way it would appear on a plastic card, and could be used in the same exact way, for alcohol purchases, traffic stops, or in the airport.

Services like Apple Pay and Google Wallet are helping to shift our society away from the need to physically carry our identification and payment methods. Within a few years, a smartphone may have the potential to replace out wallets altogether. In fact, 30 states already allow drivers to show proof of insurance on their phones.

As for the ID app, it’s still in development. Testing is scheduled for 2015, and a full rollout is planned for 2016. Logistical concerns, such as a cracked or warped phone screen that would hamper the view of the ID could lead to the same tickets or fines one would receive if they didn’t have their driver’s license at all. In addition, there are concerns with the idea of police officers needing to take a person’s phone back to the cop car.

There is definitely an upside to housing your driver’s license on your phone, though. When you lose your wallet, you are out of luck. A thief could potentially have access to not only your ID, but credit and debit cards. According to autos.aol.com, the driver’s license app is secure, requiring users to input a four-digit code (although that may be enhanced to fingerprint screening or facial recognition before the app is rolled out).

Here at Mountaineer Lincoln, we want to know what you think. Are you ready to ditch your wallet if technology exists that allows you to do so? Tell us why in the comments!

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Lincoln Adds Revel Audio Systems to Luxury Vehicles

Lincoln is always looking for ways to establish itself as America’s premiere luxury automaker. One of the car company’s most recent ideas was to provide drivers with the same exceptional sound they receive from their home stereo system, while they’re still in their cars. To accomplish that, Lincoln has embarked upon an exclusive, ten-year collaboration with Revel to add Revel audio systems to its vehicles.

“The Lincoln collaboration with Revel is the next step in our commitment to build vehicles that exceed luxury expectations,” said Matt VanDyke, Lincoln’s global director. “Revel is synonymous with the finest home speaker systems, and it’s that exceptional audio experience we want our Lincoln drivers to enjoy.”

Revel uses a scientific approach to create a sound experience even the most discerning audiophile will love. Revel audio systems will debut in the next-gen Lincoln MKX in 2015.

Here at Mountaineer Lincoln, we can hardly wait to hear the new sound system with our own ears once it launches next year. Until then, stop by today to learn more about our current lineup of luxury Lincoln models.

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Be Ready for Any Weather with These Winter Driving Tips

It’s that time of year again—time for snow tires and salt and all the things that come with the intersection of winter weather and driving. Fortunately for you, loyal Mountaineer Lincoln readers, we’re here to provide you with all the winter driving tips you need to get your driving done in a safe but practical manner this winter. You can’t control the weather and you can’t control the roads, but at least you can control how your car is equipped to handle both of them.

Preparation for winter driving should always start with your tires—if you don’t have good tires, tires that are equipped to handle the elements and that are not worn down, then you are likely not going to be successful as you drive. However, there are other areas of maintenance, too. Make sure all your vehicle’s fluids are full, buy new wipers, check your engine, transmission and brakes. Keep your car in tip-top shape to handle nature’s worst.

There’s also some personal maintenance that goes into winter driving as well. Never drive when you are tired, especially not in the winter when the cold and the dark creates a depressive effect. Always keep your car stashed with emergency equipment, from extra gas and blankets, food, clothes, and water to things as simple as a cell phone. For more tips on outlasting the long, cold winter, come see us at Mountaineer Lincoln. We also have excellent vehicles!

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Why the 2015 Navigator is an Ideal Choice for Winter Driving

Winter weather is enough to make even the most hardened driver cringe. Slick roads and hidden ice can make even the most routine excursion a dangerous game of change, and only the right combination of knowledge and a well-equipped vehicle can allow for something approaching control on the roads.

Fortunately, if you’re thinking about upgrading to the 2015 Lincoln Navigator, we here at Mountaineer Lincoln would like to offer a bit more incentive: the Navigator is an ideal choice for winter driving.

Not only is the 2015 Navigator available in four-wheel drive, but its 3.5-liter Twin-Turbo EcoBoost® V6 makes it exceptionally capable of dealing with even the toughest roads. With the EcoBoost V6, the Navigator puts down an impressive 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, meaning that snow is an easily-bested challenge.

Also key to the Navigator driving experience is Lincoln Drive Control, which uses continuously controlled damping to adjust the suspension quickly and protect against the potential damage brought about by hazards such as potholes.

And if you should find yourself in an unfortunate situation, SYNC® with MyLincoln Touch™ can utilize 911 Assist® to notify emergency officials, and you can use an available Wi-Fi hotspot to get the word out that you are safe and sound.

This doesn’t even begin to touch the various luxurious appointments and touches that make the 2015 Navigator the apex of the premium SUV experience. To get the full scoop, you’ll have to come down to Mountaineer Lincoln and try one out for yourself.

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