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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New Lincoln Lineup Names Being Considered

It looks like Lincoln might be changing model names up—again. The American carmaker recently introduced the new Lincoln Continental concept at the 2015 New York Auto Show, and it didn’t just indicate the future design direction of the brand—it also highlighted the possibility of changing up the current slightly confusing MK model names.

During a recent interview with Automotive News, Ford President of the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, admitted that the current naming system, which uses the MK initials, can be confusing for those not familiar with the models. He then suggested that Lincoln might differentiate itself by leveraging its heritage.

Hinrichs stated, “Without divulging the future, we’re very excited about the Continental name and the attention it’s gotten.” While Hinrichs doesn’t explicitly state that there will be new Lincoln lineup names, it does indicate that it’s a possibility.

For more information on the potential new Lincoln lineup names, make sure you check back to Mountaineer Lincoln in the future. Also, don’t forget to stop in to our showroom to see what our luxurious vehicles have to offer!

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Lincoln Navigator Awarded 2015 Vincentric Best Value in America Award

If you’re looking for a great vehicle at a fair price—that doesn’t sacrifice space and luxury—then look no further than the 2015 Lincoln Navigator. This popular premium SUV was a recent recipient of the 2015 Vincentric Best Value in America Award, a prestigious accolade that recognizes the Navigator for its low cost-to-own status and top-notch luxury.

To determine the winner of the Vincentric Best Value in America Award, the Vincentric company analyzes the current market price of vehicles, plus each vehicle’s total cost of ownership. This data is then used to determine the best choices in each segment. The 2015 Lincoln Navigator was recognized in the Premium Large SUV segment, adding this award to other honors, including The Car Book’s 2015 Best Bets and a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

For more information on the 2015 Lincoln Navigator, make sure you stop in to the Mountaineer Lincoln showroom and give this award-winning SUV a test drive!

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Lincoln Shows Off Black Label at Home in Dallas

For the final stop in the Black Label at Home tour, Lincoln shows off its exclusive designer themes at a private residence in the Urban Reserve neighborhood in Dallas, Texas.

In the 4,000-square-foot home, luxury clients get to experience each of the four themes: Center Stage, Modern Heritage, Indulgence, and Oasis, in a home setting. The theme colors and materials are complemented by photography from Art Stelber, whose work includes photographs taken backstage at the Oscars.

“Black Label is Lincoln’s ultimate expression of luxury,” said Sally Garrett, Lincoln Black Label brand marketing manager, in a statement. “The Black Label at Home program has taken us to some of the most exclusive addresses in the country, and certainly Urban Reserve provides another luxurious elegant setting to tell that story.”

The Black Label at Home tour made previous stops in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. It will be on display in Dallas through June 4th.

The Black Label themes are available in both the Lincoln MKZ and MKC. They include premium materials and designer woods specially curated to tell a story. Which Black Label collection would you love to have in your Lincoln?

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Black Label at Home Showcased in New York City

Not too long ago Lincoln introduced its exclusive Black Label collections for the 2015 MKZ sedan and MKC utility. Recently, Lincoln has been traveling the country with its Black Label designs with a stop most recently in New York City.

Lincoln designers took over a penthouse in Union Square to showcase each of the four Black Label themes—Center Stage, Indulgence, Oasis, and Modern Heritage. The event is called Black Label at Home and coincided with Lincoln’s sponsorship of the Tribeca Film Festival. Guests were able to enjoy the Lincoln Black Label collection along with new films.

“Each Black Label at Home experience represents a special opportunity for Lincoln,” said Lee Jelenic, Lincoln U.S. marketing manager, in a statement. “But when you factor in the importance of being in New York, and then the relationships we’ve built as a supporter of the Tribeca Film Festival, this is going to be a fantastic week.”

Each Lincoln Black Label theme includes high-end luxury materials such as Venetian leather, designer woods, and Alcantara. Each theme is expertly crafted to convey the ideal mood.

Which Lincoln Black Label theme would you prefer?

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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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