How is active safety different than passive safety?

July 19th, 2019 by

There are many things to love about Mercedes-Benz vehicles. No matter what model you prefer, you know that you are getting a luxurious, high-quality, high-performing ride. Mercedes-Benz truly is second to none. With all of that said, we still want you to remember that above all else, safety is the most important part of your vehicle. You can have all the glitz and glamour in the world, but if your car isn’t safe to drive, you have no business getting behind the wheel. There are active safety features and passive safety features. Both serve similar purposes, but what’s the difference?

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Active safety features vs. passive safety features

While both active and passive safety features are meant to keep you as secure as possible and away from harm, they work a little differently. Active safety features are meant to prevent accidents and collisions from happening. Examples of such features include blind spot monitoring, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and lane-departure warning. These features all help to keep you aware of your surroundings and thus help prevent collisions with other motorists and pedestrians.

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Passive safety features, meanwhile, are precautionary and are designed to limit the damage of a collision that does occur. Examples of passive safety features are airbags, crumple zones, and seatbelts. Some accidents are unavoidable, and these features are put in place to make sure that the smallest amount of damage possible is inflicted. Come to Mercedes of Salem to learn more about safety in our vehicles. We will go over whatever else you want to know!