Know the Difference: Active vs. Passive Safety Features

1000 × 417​When you’re in the market for a new vehicle, safety features should be a big part of your decision. However, if you’re unfamiliar with the difference between active vs. passive safety features, knowing where to start can be difficult and frustrating! Our friends and neighbors in Evanston and Chicago should be glad to learn that the distinction isn’t all that complex. The big difference: active safety features are designed to prevent accidents and improve your control, while passive safety features only really function as an accident is occurring, or when one has just occurred.

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Active Safety Features

Whether you’re on your own or traveling with a full carload of passengers, you can sit easier when you know that your vehicle’s active safety components are keeping you out of harm’s way. The following active safety features are present in many new Toyota models:

  • Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Anti-Lock Brake System with Brake Assist
  • Smart Stop technology
  • Headlights, including fog lights and daytime running lights
  • Rear View and Bird’s Eye View camera systems

It’s also important to mention the technologies grouped under the Toyota Safety Sense™ (TSS) package. Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) is one of the more common packages, and it comes standard across all trims in family vehicles like the 2019 Toyota Sienna. It includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, a Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Passive Safety Features

Only a few drivers devote much time and attention to their vehicles’ passive safety features, and yet no vehicle is complete without them! Not even the most advanced active and driver-assistive technologies can prevent every collision, and when all else fails, these features save lives and limit bodily harm. Here are just a few examples of passive safety features that you can find in Toyota vehicles:

  • Active Headrests for drivers and passengers
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, or LATCH
  • Comprehensive airbag protection

In addition, your Toyota’s body is designed to limit the danger posed by collisions by collapsing in some areas while remaining rigid in others. This clever combination of high-strength tensile steel body panels and front and rear crumple zones helps keep dangerous forces away from passengers in the cabin.

Experience Next-Generation Safety at Chicago Northside Toyota

If you’re ready to experience the future of vehicle safety, contact Chicago Northside Toyota to schedule a test drive in one of our new vehicles. Once you’ve seen what these incredible machines can do, you’ll never view your drives around Lincolnwood and Chicago in the same way again.