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The Importance of Road Trip Safety

Road trip safety is important whether you’re driving across the country or taking a drive around the block. At DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara, we want you to be as informed and knowledgeable as possible when you make your next vehicle purchase. Road trip safety is something that should be practiced by drivers of all ages. Here are some ways you can be safer on the road when traveling.

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Test Drive a Comfortable and Fuel-Efficient SUV at DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara

We invite you to visit our location in Santa Barbara, CA to see our selection of SUVs. Modern SUVs combine the comfort of a spacious cabin with advanced gasoline and hybrid engine technologies.

There was a time when sports utility vehicles had poor fuel efficiency because they used powerful gasoline engines that weren't well-suited to saving energy. 

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Tips on Preventing Rodent Damage

Have you noticed dirt and debris under your car’s hood or in the trunk? If so, you may have rodents making these places their home. We at DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara know the damage that rodents can do to your car and want to help you. Stop in and speak with our specialists. Here are some ideas on how you can prevent mice, rats and other rodents from invading your vehicle.

  • Avoid parking under brush or trees.
  • Keep the hood open in warm weather. 
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Explaining What Happens During Oversteer and Understeer

Oversteer and understeer are terms that refer to vehicle dynamics when drivers turn their vehicles. No matter how experienced you may be behind the wheel, you're bound to experience both of these phenomena at some point while driving. Here are situations that describe when both oversteering and understeering can occur.

Oversteer occurs primarily in rear-wheel drive vehicles. It happens when you apply more power than is needed to the engine. In turn, this causes the vehicle's tires to slip and push in the opposite direction of travel. 

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What is a Blind Spot Monitor?


No matter what type of vehicle you drive, you have a blind spot. The blind spot is that place behind and beside you that your rearview mirrors do not cover. Most modern vehicles come equipped with blind spot monitors.

A blind spot monitor consists of a series of sensors riding on the side of your car or truck. The sensors are equipped with a radar or sonar device that seeks any movement toward the rear of your vehicle. The sensors send a signal to an alert mechanism which may be a visual alert signal on your rearview or side view…
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