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How is active safety different than passive safety? 

Safety should always be your top concern when you’re behind the wheel. Automotive safety comes in many different forms, especially with today’s modern technology. Vehicles have active and passive safety features. What’s the difference? Keep reading to learn more. 

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Active safety features vs. passive safety features 

Both active and passive safety features are designed to keep you safe, of course. But they go about it in different ways. Active safety features are meant to prevent accidents and collisions from happening altogether. Passive features, meanwhile, are put in place to be precautionary barriers. Passive safety features are designed to mitigate the damage of an accident that is unavoidable. These features won’t help you avoid an accident, but they will provide extra protection when you so hit something. 

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Examples of active safety features White 2019 Volkswagen Arteon with skyscrapers in the background

Available active safety features on Volkswagen models include things like blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, a rearview camera, radar cruise control, and any other driver-assist technologies. These features are all put in place to keep you aware of your surroundings and to prevent accidents from happening. 

Examples of passive safety features 

Passive features include things like airbags, seatbelts, and crumple zones. They are safety features, of course, but they will not do anything to stop an accident from happening. They are still crucial, however, because not all accidents can be avoided and they keep you protected in the event of a crash. Come to Capistrano Volkswagen to learn more about the safety features on our vehicles. We want to make sure you know everything you need to know so you stay as safe as possible on the roads. 

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