Navigating the automotive industry can be difficult, especially if it’s your first time buying a new car. If it has been a while since you looked at new vehicles, you may notice numerous updates to safety and design language that are foreign to you. As part of our series of tips for new car shoppers, we’re looking into what active vs passive safety features are and how to recognize them.
Active driving safety
Active safety features are those that work to prevent accidents before they occur. Some active driving features you’re probably familiar with are: anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control. Some newer active driving safety features are:
Lane assist is able to monitor traffic lane lines and alert you when you’re moving too close to them.
Adaptive Cruise Control monitors the distance to the vehicle in front of you via radar.
Side Assist monitors your blind spot(s).
High Beam Assist and Adaptive Headlights monitor your lights’ brightness and help you navigate safely around curves.
A Back-Up Camera makes parking and maneuvering easier.
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Passive driving safety
Passive safety features mitigate damage to your vehicle and passengers after a crash occurs. You’re probably familiar with these: driver- and passenger-side airbags, side-impact airbags, safety belt pre-tensioners for front seat and rear seat occupants, and high-strength safety design for improved crash performance upon impact.
Volkswagen invests in your safety
Multiple Volkswagen models offer all of these advanced safety features as standard or available options. The 2016 Golf family and the 2016 Jetta are all Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick + recipients; call, click or stop by our showroom today to explore trim levels and options.