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The most important things you need to know before driving a Tesla for the first time

January 22nd, 2016 at 1:34 PM
Tesla Model S Tips And Tricks

Let’s say either you’ve just bought yourself a Tesla Model S or a friend is letting you drive theirs around for the first time. What should you know about driving this vehicle that makes it different from any other car you’ve used? A Reddit user recently asked this question to Tesla owners and they offered some terrific advice for what everyone should know before they drive a Tesla for the first time.

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One tip that should be obvious to anyone who has ever watched a Tesla drag racing video is that you shouldn’t step on the gas when starting up because the car accelerates insanely quickly and can take you by surprise if you aren’t used to it. Users also recommended the rather obvious tip of not relying entirely on the car’s new Autopilot feature, which we’ve repeatedly seen is not meant to be used as an alternative to driving.

A Redditor who goes by the name of Perkelton offered some of the most useful and detailed tips in the thread. Here are some of the best ones:

  • “The car weighs over 2 tonnes. It’s very easy to forget about this while driving because of how powerful and responsive it is. Don’t let icy roads be the reminder of this when you try to brake at an intersection.”
  • “The rear camera is your best friend since the rear window is rather small. It does have a tendency to get quite dirty during wintertime, though, so you might need to clean it.”
  • “The car becomes significantly less fun when it’s cold (<0°C). Both acceleration and regenerative braking are limited when the car is cold. For everyday driving this is not really a problem, but since you are merely trying it out, it would be a real shame if you only got to drive a moderately quick car instead of an insane car. The car eventually heats itself up when you drive, but it’s obviously better to just park it indoors. You can also preheat the battery in ‘Settings->Driving->Preheat battery’ (or something like that) right beneath the Insane mode toggle. I haven’t tried it myself, but theoretically this should probably help.”

To check out the rest of the tips for Tesla newbies, read them at this link.

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