The Importance of Vehicle Safety Features: A Guide for Car Buyers

By: Prince George Toyota   |   30 Nov 2023

When purchasing a new vehicle, having dependable safety features that extend beyond airbags should not be considered a luxury exclusive to certain buyers. Even experienced drivers require their vehicles to be attuned to potential road hazards during their travels. While many car manufacturers tend to offer safety technology upgrades at additional costs, Toyota holds a different perspective. Toyota Safety Sense is available as a standard feature across all models, serving as a comprehensive safety system designed to enhance awareness on the streets of Prince George. It prioritizes the safety of not only you and your passengers but also everyone else sharing the road. Let's delve into the significance of vehicle safety features and explore some of the elements included as standard in Toyota Safety Sense.

What is Toyota Safety Sense™?

The Toyota Safety Sense system first became available in 2015 with such features as Toyota Safety Sense™ C (TSS-C) and Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P). The current system is the Toyota Safety Sense™ 3.0 (TSS 3.0). This suite of safety features uses a combination of cameras, radar, and lasers mounted in a vehicle’s windshield, front grille, and bumpers to monitor other vehicles, objects, and pedestrians on the road. 

In addition, Toyota Safety Sense makes use of audible and visual alerts to indicate that the driver needs to take action to avoid a collision. If the driver doesn’t respond – or is unable to answer – some systems will step in and either apply the brakes or move the vehicle to prevent a collision.



Key Toyota Safety Sense Features

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) * is designed to help detect a vehicle or pedestrian and provide an audio/visual forward-collision warning under certain circumstances. If you don’t react, the system is designed to provide automatic emergency braking. Depending on the system, a bicyclist or motorcyclist may also be detected in certain circumstances. 

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Intended for highway use, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) * * is an adaptive cruise control system that uses vehicle-to-vehicle distance control to help maintain a preset distance from the vehicle ahead of you.

Lane Departure Alert

When white/yellow lane markings are detected at speeds within the system's operating range, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) * is designed to issue an audio/visual lane departure warning if an inadvertent lane departure is detected.

Automatic High Beams

Automatic High Beams (AHB) * are designed to help you see more clearly at night at speeds above 21 mph. The AHB system is designed to detect the headlights of oncoming vehicles and taillights of preceding vehicles, then automatically toggle between high and low beams accordingly.

Lane Tracing Assist

When Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) * is enabled and lane markers are visible, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) * * uses the lines on the road and/or preceding vehicles to provide active driving assistance and help keep the vehicle centred and in its lane.

Road Sign Assist

Using an intelligent camera, Road Sign Assist (RSA) * * is designed to detect speed limit signs, stop signs, Do Not Enter signs and yield signs, and display an icon of the sign on the Multi-Information Display (MID).

Proactive Driving Assist

When system operating conditions are met, using the vehicle’s camera and radar, Proactive Driving Assist (PDA) * provides gentle braking into curves or gentle braking and/or steering to help support driving tasks, such as distance control between your vehicle and a preceding vehicle, pedestrian, or bicyclist.

Put Safety First with Prince George Toyota

Toyota has earned its reputation as one of the safest vehicles on the market by integrating cutting-edge technology for both driver and vehicle protection. Featuring its exclusive Toyota Safety Sense™ system across its modern lineup, Toyota ensures that its vehicles prioritize road safety as much as their drivers do.

Secure your safety-focused Toyota vehicle from Prince George Toyota today! As a forward-thinking and fully authorized dealer of comprehensive Toyota vehicles and an authentic retailer of Toyota parts, we invite you to explore our online listings or visit our lot at your convenience to discover more about Toyota Safety Sense!



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