Lincoln and Matthew McConaughey Combine Forces for Charity

You probably know that Matthew McConaughey is an Oscar-winning actor, or at least that he loves to drive a Lincoln, based on his now-famous Lincoln advertisements. But did you know that he and his wife started their own charity?

It’s called the “just keep livin Foundation,” and they aim to empower students by “providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future.”

The cause is one that Lincoln believes in, and according to an announcement made earlier this month, you can work with Lincoln directly to benefit the charity. The automaker recently explained that donations from their “Driven to Give” program will go the Foundation.

Driven to Give involves testing out new Lincoln models by allowing average consumers to drive them around. These events raise money for charities and various causes – the latest being the just keep livin Foundation.

We’re glad to see what the Lincoln and Matthew McConaughey friendship has created. Keep your eyes peeled for a Driven to Give event near you, and check out the just keep livin Foundation here at their website.

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Lincoln Continental Concept “A Strong Hint” Of What’s Sure To Come

It’s been over a decade since the world has been blessed with a new Lincoln Continental. As the recent New York International Auto Show unfolded, it became very clear that the world would no longer have to suffer this injustice.

Motley Fool reports that the Lincoln Continental concept was “one of the hottest cars” at the show. Before you break down and cry at the inclusion of the term “concept” at the end of the vehicle’s official title, listen to what Ford CEO Mark Fields said as he answered a question from Motley Fool.

“Next year, sometime next year, we will be launching the production vehicle, and we’ll call it ‘The Continental.’” So how close is the concept to the real deal? “This concept gives you a very strong hint of what the production model will look like.”

Fields also revealed that Ford took into account Chinese tastes when designing the Lincoln Continental concept, as the Chinese market is ripe for what Fields called the “quiet luxury” of the Continental. Does this mean that the vehicle may not be as relevant here in the States? Actually, according to Fields, there were “more similarities than dissimilarities” between the two markets.

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Taking Care of Business During National Car Care Month

In case you haven’t heard already, April is National Car Care Month. Of course, you want to take good care of your car all year long, but April is the perfect time to perform some easy, routine maintenance tasks.

Let’s start simple. Are your lights working? Test your lights to make sure each one works, even the brake lights. If you don’t have a friend to help, you can park near a wall to check the brake lights.

Is your vehicle dirty? Wash your car from top to bottom with a soap designed for cars. Dry the car with a microfiber cloth before the sun dries water spots on your car.

How are your fluid levels? After the winter and colder weather, you’ll want to top off any fluids that need it, paying special attention to the reservoirs containing windshield washer fluid and coolant.

What do your tires look like? If your tires have been working so hard that the tread is less than 1/16th of inch, it is time to replace them. If a penny inserted upside down into the groove shows all of Abe Lincoln’s head, your tires do not have enough tread. Especially since we will likely experience several rainy days, it is crucial for your tires to have the proper tread so they can keep your vehicle safely connected to the road.

These are just a few maintenance checks to get you started. If your oil needs to be changed or you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our service experts here at Mountaineer Lincoln.

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Out With the Cold and in with the Dew – Rain Driving Tips

As we say goodbye to the cold winter weather, we not only welcome sunshine and warmer temps, but also usher in a new season of intermittently slick, wet streets. So in celebration of spring’s arrival, here are a few rain driving tips for you to remember:

  1. Turn on your headlights. With inclement weather comes decreased visibility. Turning on your headlights, even when it’s daytime, can make it easier to see what’s in front of you.
  2. Slow down and expand your following distance! With reduced visual discernibility, decreasing your speed and increasing your car lengths could significantly reduce your chances of a fender bender.
  3. Remain vigilant. Keep both hands on the steering wheel, check your mirrors, and minimize distractions by turning off your cell phone and radio.
  4. Avoid hydroplaning. However, sometimes it happens. If you do find your car’s traction is reduced, take your foot off of the accelerator and steer in the direction you want to go. Do NOT slam on the brakes or suddenly turn your vehicle, as this will worsen the situation.

We at Mountaineer Lincoln wish all of our readers safe travels during this rainy season, and don’t forget to stop by to see our newest luxury Lincoln lineup.

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Gas Mileage Tips You Didn’t Know: Air Conditioning vs. Open Windows

With warmer weather on the way, you’ll most likely be driving with your windows down or cranking the air conditioning. Believe it or not, both can decrease your car’s gas mileage; however, the question is: Which is worse for fuel economy?

According to How Stuff Works, the debate is essentially whether or not drag from having windows open is worse than running an A/C unit. This is one of the most important gas mileage tips you could get this summer. The question is more complicated than it seems, though; in reality, the answer depends on the driving conditions.

When you’re driving at speeds around 50 mph or more, it’s better to have the windows up and the A/C on. This is because having the windows down drastically increases drag. In fact, in certain cars, this will decrease your vehicle’s fuel efficiency by 20% or more. Using the A/C in these conditions will only decrease efficiency by about 10%.

Driving with the windows down is better only when you’re driving at low speeds. Because drag increases exponentially, as you increase speeds you should consider rolling your windows up. An easy rule to go by is if you’re in town on a small road, drive with the windows down. If you’re on the highway or in the country, use the A/C.

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