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Pets as Passengers: Traveling Safety with Furry Friends

At DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara, we value the safety of you and your family above all else. If your family happens to include one or more members of the four-legged variety, we want to offer these tips to ensure they are able to travel safely.

It is crucial that you utilize purpose-built restraints or carriers to keep your pets contained while you drive. This containment protects the pet in the event of an accident, and it protects you by preventing any unexpected distractions while driving.  

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Tips For Your Next Test Drive


DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara wants you to make an informed decision when buying a new car. That's why we felt it necessary to give you a few test drive tips for the next time you're in the market for a new set of wheels.

Our first tip to you is to never buy a car the same day you test drive. By stepping away from the salesmen in the show room, you are able to more critically think about what type of car is truly right for you instead of what car a dealership would like to…
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What Car Seat Works With My New Car?

If you're like most Santa Barbara parents, the safety of your most precious cargo is one of your top concerns when shopping for a new to you vehicle. No doubt you've already scoped out the IIHS safety ratings for the make and model you have in mind, but when it comes to car seats, you might find yourself at a loss.

In the United States, an estimated 3 out of every 4 child safety seats are incorrectly installed. That's why many auto manufacturers have started taking the guesswork out of car seat installation with the patented LATCH…

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Why Your Tire Pressure Light is Illuminated

When you’re driving down the road in Santa Barbara, CA and you see the tire pressure light illuminate, what does it mean? It’s best to be in the know so you can have it checked out, if necessary. At DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara, we’ll tell you some of the reasons why it might be on.

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Effective Ways to Use a Dashboard Camera

A dashboard camera has become very popular. DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara wanted to inform you of a few ideas for using your dashboard camera and getting the most out of your accessories.

Drivers in Santa Barbara, CA often use a dashboard camera during traffic accidents. There isn't anything better than video evidence that shows exactly what occurred when there is a dispute.

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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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