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Active safety features vs. passive safety features 

If you have perused around any car dealership’s website, you have probably seen a lot of things about safety features. Safety is the most important thing when it comes to vehicles. Driving is a dangerous thing to do, but when done correctly and with proper safety features, you will be perfectly secure. There are both active and passive safety features in all Toyota vehicles. What’s the difference? Learn more below. 

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What is the difference between active safety and passive safety? 

Both active and passive safety features are meant to keep you… safe. That’s obvious, but what’s not obvious is how they go about doing that. Active safety features are designed to prevent collisions and accidents from happening. Passive safety features, meanwhile, are meant to mitigate the damage of a collision that is unavoidable. 

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Active safety features that are available on Toyota models include things like lane departure alert, automatic high beams, the pre-collision system, brake assist, and dynamic radar cruise control. Even if you don’t always notice it, these features are working to prevent accidents from happening. They aren’t always 100% effective, however, so that’s why cars also have passive safety features. 

Examples of passive safety features 

Passive safety features that all Toyota models come standard with include airbags, crumple zones, and seatbelts with pretensioners. These inclusions won’t stop a crash from happening, but they will keep you as safe as possible in the unlikely event of a collision. We hope this information helps and we hope you stay safe out on the roads! 

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