Parent Teen Safe Driving and Financial Awareness
In an effort to create a safe and enjoyable driving experience for parents and teens, DCH Tustin Acura hosted their 4th Annual ‘Parent – Teen Safe Driving and Financial Awareness Seminar’ on November 9th, 2013. This seminar which is provided free to the community each year is organized by DCH Tustin Acura. The location, at the Tustin Senior Center, was generously paid for by the Tustin Community Foundation, and Ned Smith who volunteered to assist with set up/clean up help to keep the event free to the public. The event involved: the Importance of Safe Driving, Blind-Zone awareness around large vehicles, Insurance Saving Benefits, and the Power of Credit, each subjects presented by a volunteer guest speaker.
“Keep an eye on the blind zones, if you can`t see the driver in his rearview mirror the driver cannot see you.” Announced Rochelle Shirkhanbaigi of DCH Tustin Acura, as she continued her presentation on Blind zone awareness. The audience was then led outside to the Tustin Police Surveillance Van with Officer John Hedges of the Tustin Police Department. With great detail and depth, Officer Hedges provided a deeper example of blind spots as he had the audience take part of his presentation. Lauren Barnes and Stephanie Noon both entered the Surveillance Van to have a first-hand view on blind spots caused by a driver’s visual position. As new drivers in training, both were surprised by the limited view the passengers have while driving in a van and voiced a pledge to be aware of the situation.
Once finished, Roy Bavaro of DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation spoke about the importance of vehicle safety and how whether driving or riding as a passenger, we all must be aware of the dangers of driving. Soon after was a dinner break to enjoy BBQ from So Cal Smoked BBQ funded by Richard Nelson of the Foothill Communities Association. Then seminar presentations had resumed with Susanna D`Arcy, of Snyder Insurance, presented on “How good grades can offer great discounts for insurance.” The last guest speaker, Joe Ryan of AHM Finance rose from the crowd and commenced with a phrase “The power of credit”, where he spoke from his experience and knowledge to help our Teens and Parents to understand important it is take control of your credit.
After engaging in several presentations, every speaker had left their mark in this event hosted by DCH Tustin Acura. The audience who had been taking notes, asking questions and sharing their thoughts and opinions of the event; “I learned a lot of cool new things,” Jonathan stated as he finished writing down notes for future references. “The parent teen seminar was very educational, from driving safety to the financial benefits you gain from being a safe driver. I really did learn a lot and appreciate that all the presenters took the time to share with us.”
During the month of November, DCH Tustin Acura’s Sales Department is offering to donate $50 per leased vehicle to the school of choice in order to help support our local schools.
Plus! As a Gift to you, Our Service Department or Parts Departments are offering $5.00 off any service or parts item, when you present a donation to help support local charities.(One $5.00 off per customer visit. No cash value. Good only at DCH Tustin Acura Service or Parts Departments. $20 minimum purchase on parts. Offer may be combined with other offers.)
Donate eligible items are:
November 15-December 15th : A bag of canned food donation benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank
November 11- Dec 13th : Children’s New Pajamas Donation - Benefits the Tustin Community Foundation’s Project Pajamas
December 1st to December 20th : New Toy Donation -benefits the Orange County Rescue Mission in Tustin
See a Parts, Service or Sales Consultant for details or questions.
Rock N Road OC and 25th Annual Walk Against Drugs in Mission Viejo was held on October 19, 2013 from 9am-2pm. Kicking off Red Ribbon Week for Drug Awareness, the event started with the annual Mission Viejo Walk Against Drugs which began at Mission Viejo High School. The walk ended at Village on the Green, where the The Rock N Road RADD Event was being held. DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation which sponsors the event each year, a long with several other non-profit organizations were very pleased with the turn out, as teens once again premiered in Battle of the Bands and Battle of the Banners, and several other activities where students and adults created awareness against drugs and campaigned for healthy life decisions.
At the event DCH Tustin Acura and SADD students joined in for a fun day as they hosted free impaired goggle games where guests first tried without goggles then with goggles to toss a stuffed Angry Bird into a box 3 feet away. After which they then had to go and sit in the driver seat of a new 2013 Acura RLX. Sounds easy, but many found that it is very difficult to complete with impaired vision. Once completed game players were reminded that impaired vision includes driving drowsy, under influence of medication or alcohol and were entered into a drawing for movie tickets. Click here to view for more photos.
To stay up to date on up coming Teen Awareness Events visit: http://www.dchtustinacura.com/community/sadd-and-dch-teen-safe-driving-foundation.htm
The Tiller Days Annual event was held on October 4th, 5th,and 6th, this year. It was unfortunate to have the cancellation of Tiller Days on Saturday with exception of the parade which in its self was delayed over an hour due to a downed power line damaged in the high Santa Ana winds. Many booths, items, and several cars, including 2 Acura’s from DCH Tustin Acura, which were there for a Tustin Auto Center Auto Show were damaged late Friday night, but fortunately no one was seriously injured. The City of Tustin Parks and Recreation Services Department personnel were able to quickly get everything cleaned up, checked everything for safety, and the event went on again on Sunday as planned.
The winds over the weekend did not stop the students from local SADD Chapters (Students Against Destructive Decisions) in helping out at the event again this year. They assisted the Tustin Chamber of Commerce by volunteering to serve at the pancake breakfast and in selling corn at the Chamber Corn booth. They walked in the Tillers parade in the section sponsored by the Tustin Auto Center and DCH Tustin Acura shouting and waving signs as they asked the crowd to join in their efforts to remind people to drive safely. With all that they also manned their own booth creating awareness by using a stuffed Angry Bird and the Drunk Goggles in an activity to show the consequences of impaired vision.
We are very proud to be sponsoring these students at Beckman High, Foothill High, and Tustin High Schools as they grow awareness and gain in numbers in Orange County for the betterment of teens in making good decisions. We are also very thrilled to announce the newest chapter to join up with these amazing students and welcome Northwood High School of Irvine.
Learn more about our activities!
Thank you to Anthony Wang Photography for providing us with photos.
With all the technology in the Acura Luxury Line, the All-New Acura RLX is a prime example of many people saying ‘it’s like adopting child, there is so much to learn.’ But don’t let it scare you, we are here to help you. Plus, with all that technology and so many First’s from Acura’s advancements you will find it is a comfort to know that it does so much for you and your family, both in top ranking safety and your driving experience.
Here is some of the ‘First’s’ hidden in the All-New Acura RLX:
World technology firsts
- Jewel-Eye™ LED headlights enhance the RLX’s modern and distinctive appearance while providing outstanding light distribution and improved down-the-road illumination.
- Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS) continuously monitors and calculates the correct amount of independent rear-wheel steering (toe angle) necessary to help the RLX meet driving conditions with the utmost ease and stability.
- Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) is an innovative new drive system that blends hybrid power with Acura’s advanced Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).
- Engineered by one of the world’s most premium audio companies, the available 14-speaker Krell premium audio system sets a new benchmark in automotive audio performance (RLX with Krell Audio package and RLX with Advance package trims).
U.S. Technology Firsts
- The available next-generation AcuraLink™ delivers a bevy of new information, media, convenience, and security services via embedded two-way communications and web-enabled devices, including AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ featuring freeway traffic and all-new surface street traffic.
- The available Front seatbelt e-pretensioners use electronic controls to reduce tension for a more comfortable seatbelt experience during normal driving conditions. This is the first seatbelt tensioning system to incorporate yaw movement as well as braking.
Acura Technology Firsts
- Acura’s first direct injected engine contributes to the 3.5-liter V-6 engine’s high performance, low emissions, and 20/31/24 mpg EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy rating.1
- Double wishbone, double joint front suspension optimizes suspension geometry to significantly improve agility, driver confidence and ride sophistication.
- Agile Handling Assist uses active braking to help the driver smoothly and easily trace the desired line through a curve with smaller steering inputs.
- The available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow allows the RLX to independently maintain a set following distance in low-speed traffic conditions, including stop and go traffic, and to initiate vehicle braking when necessary.
- The available Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) uses a camera to detect lane markings on the road and actively assist the driver in keeping the car in a detected lane.
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses a camera mounted in the upper portion of the windshield to detect vehicles ahead of the RLX and audibly and visually alert the driver when it determines that a collision with a detected vehicle is imminent.
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses the same windshield-mounted camera as the FCW system to detect lane markings on the road and alert the driver if the vehicle is wandering from a detected lane.
- Electric Parking Brake provides one-touch parking brake activation.
- Automatic Brake Hold maintains the vehicle’s position for up to ten (10) minutes without the driver having to maintain pressure on the brake pedal. Braking is released when the driver steps on the accelerator pedal.
- The RLX’s available retractable door mirrors can be configured to automatically retract when the doors are locked, and then automatically extend when the doors are unlocked.
- Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines uses active guidelines that curve, displaying the amount of steering wheel input on the display to aid in backup maneuvers.
- Capless fueling eliminates the fuel cap and improves ease of fueling.
- A driver’s side knee airbag is designed to help keep the driver in a proper seating position in the event of a moderate to severe frontal collision.
Visit our Virtual Acura Showroom to view and learn more about the Acura RLX and all the other New Acura models.
For your one on one tour of the Acura RLX today, click here to schedule an appointment or call (888) 791-9777.
Read more about the advancements Acura has made at www.acuranews.com
Tired of sitting? Enjoy a little golf during your next service visit at DCH Tustin Acura. We have just finished installing a 500 sq. ft. 4-hole Putting Green in front our dealership, but why a putting zone? …Well, we had to replace the bushes and greenery in front of the dealership and figured… Why not add a little fun!
Don Matthewson, who tried out all the holes in the new putting zone today laughed, “It was fun, I’ve been coming in to DCH Tustin Acura for 23 years and they always have coffee and make you feel like family. For them to add a putting zone is that one extra step that they do to try to make the clients experience as enjoyable and comfortable as you can be while waiting for service.”
We welcome all of our customers to have a little fun and enjoy our little green putting zone while your vehicle is being pampered in our service department. We will supply the club and golf balls, you simply check them in & out at the cashier, or feel free to bring your own.
For additional information about DCH Tustin Acura; visit www.dchtustinacura.com ,call (888) 791-9777, or email email@example.com .
Seinfeld, who previously worked with Acura and starred in the luxury automaker’s much-heralded 2012 Super Bowl commercial, will incorporate several unique product integrations, including the much-anticipated, all-new Acura MDX.
“We at ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ are so glad a company we already admire has stepped forward to support us,” said Jerry Seinfeld. “Not everyone understood what we were doing. But like Moe Green who invented Las Vegas, Acura is a company of vision and guts. We could not be more thrilled to have them as our sponsor. Because of them, we advance!”
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Sean Lee and Wolos Safi of DCH Tustin Acura have been recognized by Acura as the Gold Masters in Acura sales. They join an elite group of sales consultants nationwide who met the highest level of sales volume and customer satisfaction standards. “We are very proud of Sean and Wolos for their dedication to the sales profession and customer service in winning this honor from Acura”, said Dick Hsu, General Manager of Tustin Acura, “because team members like them, we are able to keep our loyal customers coming back and attract new customers”. DCH Tustin Acura has been perennial winner of Dealership of Distinction Award and #1 Acura Volume Dealer in Orange County.
SADD Students have been busy with their events.
“May and June has always been busy months for SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Chapters at Beckman, Foothill, and Tustin High Schools sponsored by DCH Tustin Acura.” Stated Rochelle Shirkhanbaigi, Community Coordinator at the dealership, “With everything from sports to prom and AP tests, and all that these students have to do in their everyday lives, it gives us great pride to see these students putting in so much effort to making an impact to save lives in our community.”
These past few weeks truly have been busy for these students, in school as well as in the community. Students have immersed themselves in strongly promoting teen safe driving awareness and making good decisions, hosting Safe Driving Awareness Rally’s a with more than 700 Senior and Junior students present at Beckman High on May 17th, the May 18th Parent and Teen Driving Seminars that DCH Tustin Acura hosted, school athletic team Acura seatbelt races at Tustin High on June 6th as well as Foothill’s Prom Promises and Pledges, and of course the Chili-Cook Off Awareness Events on June 2nd, and even an ice cream party for awarded to THS for winning a SADD challenge put up by DCH Tustin Acura.
DCH Auto Group also recently held a special appreciation dinner on June 5th for Graduates in 5 schools of those DCH sponsored SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Chapters of DCH Gardena Honda, DCH Torrance Toyota and DCH Tustin Acura (which sponsors 3 schools). The Grad Dinner was held at Bucca Di Beppo where students were appreciated by DCH Vice Chairman Susan Scarola and DCH President George Liang who both flew in from New Jersey for the dinner and for DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation Golf Fundraiser held on June 6th at Tustin Ranch Golf Course.
Michelle Gao Junior at Beckman High, Stephanie De Haro Senior at Tustin High, and Jennifer Barbour Senior at Foothill High, Student Presidents of SADD Chapters in the 3 Tustin High Schools were among the guest speakers at the DCH Golf Outing. Each thanked DCH for their sponsorship and ongoing support to their clubs.
Now, as the 2013 school year comes to a close and the end of June nears, 10 students, the Schools Representative and Advisor Melissa Carlile, along with Rochelle Shirkhanbaigi of DCH Tustin Acura, will head to the SADD Leadership Conference. Held in Florida this year, students will meet with student leaders from around the nation as they attend educational skill building classes, workshops, and seminars to gain useful tools that will help them to be successful SADD leaders this fall.
It’s been a wonderful year and we look forward to sponsoring them again next fall Great Job SADD Chapters!
For more information on club activities, visit: http://www.dchtustinacura.com/community/sadd-and-dch-teen-safe-driving-foundation.htm
Safe Driving Awareness Events Held at the Tustin Chili Cook Off
June 2, 2013 in Tustin, CA was a beautiful day for the Street Fair with a sea of visitors numbering well over 35,000 enjoying the Tustin Chili Cook Off, Street Fair, and activities. It was also perfect timing for spreading awareness for safe driving and making good decisions by students from 3 local high schools with SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) at Beckman, Foothill, and Tustin High Schools sponsored by DCH Tustin Acura. Students worked at several booths volunteering their time; by assisting at the main tent, serving Chili at the Doctor’s Ambulance Booth, selling drawing tickets or water, and passing out fliers.
One of the highlights of the day included introducing random people in the crowd to test their reflexes with the “Drunk Goggles test”. Mr. Kelly, at first a skeptic, stated after taking on the test, “I never realized just how much a few drinks throw off your reflexes. I will definitely not be a driver after drinking, Thank you! “Mrs. Kelly agreed as they thanked the students for sharing and appreciated the work they were doing.
On the Community Stage in Pepper Tree Park, students held moment of silence for those affected by auto injuries, and then entertained visitors as each talented group of students from Beckman, Foothill, and Tustin High School SADD Chapters, each performed 8 minute funny, enlightening, and well thought out skits to promote safe driving.
Later that afternoon, students raced around two Acura’s as they held exciting Seat Belt Races. In two teams, they rushed to get seat belts buckled to beat the clock and and each other to prove that it only takes a few seconds to Buckle-Up. Cars for the race were sponsored by DCH Tustin Acura. Participants received Burger Certificates donated by Carl’s Jr of Tustin, and race winners received an Auto Safety Kit donated by Tustin Community Foundation.
Students ended the afternoon with a drawing for several prizes. All funds raised from the ticket sales will be used to support their club activities and ongoing efforts. Donated prizes and their donators are listed below. Thank you to everyone who joined in and supported the event, and we hope everyone makes the choice to drive safe.
Drawing Winners received: Teen Road to Safety donated Driver’s Education Class ($350 value certificates), Acura donated Nike FuelBand Calorie Counter & Watch ($140 Value), a BackPack ($65 value), and Cross Pen ($35 value), Anthony Wang Photography donated Photo Shoot ($100 value), Crab Cooker Donated $50 Certificate, Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill Donated Dinner for 2, and JT Schmids Restaurant Donated $25 Certificate
For more information on club activities, visit: http://www.dchtustinacura.com/community/sadd-and-dch-teen-safe-driving-foundation.htm