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Active safety versus passive safety: the differences

If you are shopping for a vehicle, often one hears of active safety and passive safety. Although the two are completely different from each other, both are designed to protect you.


Active safety refers to technologies designed to prevent accidents. These technologies will usually warn you of a potential danger to give you the chance to slow down. If you do not respond, then the active safety systems are able to apply the brakes for you or alter the path of your car to prevent an accident.

Examples of active safety:

– Adaptive Cruise Control

– Lane departure prevention system

– Lane departure warning

– Automatic braking system

– Forward Collision Warning System

– Blind Spot Monitoring

– Rear cross traffic alert

– Pedestrian detection

Passive safety concerns devices that protect you when a collision could not be avoided. These devices are there to protect you when the accident occurred.

Examples of passive safety:

– Reinforced body structure

– Stability control

– Traction control

– Brake Assist

– Air Bags

Thank you to Glenmore Audi for their help with this article.

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