The Tesla Model 3 is the epitome of the electric car, and it delivers according to its high expectations. However, you may be wondering how to maximize your Model 3 for a more comfortable EV experience. Using a few key features can afford you optimal comfort and heighten your enjoyment of your unique EV.
Versatile technology that adds the comfort level of your Tesla Model 3
The 2020 Tesla Model 3 is stylish, with a sleek design and a simplistic but modern interior. A lot of technology is packed within the Model 3, including cutting edge infotainment, drivetrain systems control, plenty of trunk space, power, range, etc.
Features that can be maximized include these top 5 must-do adjustments for optimal comfort in the Tesla Model 3.
You may want to try the Enhanced autopilot that the Tesla Model 3 is equipped with, but you should wait until the cameras calibrate for the first 20 miles after leaving the dealership.
Once that’s done, tap on the bottom left corner of the screen, and select the icon that resembles a car. Assuming you’ve paid for Enhanced Autopilot, the following features should be revealed under ‘Autopilot.’
- Traffic aware cruise control: Traffic aware cruise control or adaptive cruise control lets you keep a distance from the vehicles in front of you, matching their speed fluctuations while setting a top speed. Be sure to set your Cruise follow distance so that your Model 3 knows how many car lengths you’ll safely cruise behind the vehicle in front of you.
- Autosteer: Autosteer, or autopilot in layman’s terms, keeps you inside the lines diving a lane. This feature is activated when the Model 3’s sensors detect that you are in a painted lane.
- Auto lane change: Auto lane change allows your Model 3 to safely lane change for you when engaged in autosteer.
2. Cruise Control
Turning on cruise control mode is dependent on when the car is ready, and a number surrounded by a circle appears under the speedometer digits on your screen. This circled number is the top speed that your Tesla Model 3 can go once cruise control is activated.
Once this number appears, press down the same lever you use to shift drive once. An audible chime will be made by your Tesla, and the circled numbers turn blue, meaning cruise control is now active.
Take your foot off the accelerator and leave it to your Model 3 to get you wherever you’re going. To exit cruise control, tap your foot once on the brake pedal, and after another chime, the blue circled number turns to gray.
When the car is in a safe lane, the Tesla Model 3 will make available autosteer. On the left side of the console screen, you’ll see gray lines, and small steering appears on top.
To activate autosteer, press the gear lever down twice, and your car will give a chime before turning the gray lines and steering wheel on the screen blue. You must keep your hands on the wheel at first, but the car will be doing the steering.
Deactivate autosteer by tapping once on the brake or by jostling the steering wheel, which leaves cruise control on.
When in autosteer mode, you’ll be prompted occasionally to place your hands on the wheel. Sensors can detect the pressure and resistance when an attempt to turn, and the warning goes away when you wiggle the wheel gently.
4. Auto Lane Change
Say you are on the highway, and using autopilot, you can still switch lanes using the Model 3’s auto-lane changer. If the car senses that lanes other than yours are safe, faint gray lines appear on the screen on either side of your position.
When this display is available, switch on your turn signal, and once the Model 3 ensures it’s safe, it’ll automatically change lanes.
In the new lane, your car will resume normal autosteer and turn off the signal. You can then continue enjoying the comfort of your Model 3, but be aware that there are highways where it won’t respond to your auto change lane nudges.
5. Auto Parking
You can now use Tesla’s innovation to get into both perpendicular or regular and parallel parking slots. This handy feature can, for most people, prove tricky to activate, and it becomes available when you come near a parking spot that is deemed appropriate by your Model 3.
As you pass other parked cars, your Tesla will detect an empty spot, and a blue P symbol will appear on the console screen. When you are halfway past the vehicle next to the vacant slot, and you stop the car to engage reverse. Tap on the Park button to let your Model 3 and sit back to let Auto Park take over. Your Tesla Model 3 turns, reverses, and turns more to back into the parking spot without as much as brushing into other cars.
When using features that improve your comfort experience in your Model 3, be warned that safety precautions should be considered. For instance, the autopilot will not stop for pedestrians or red lights and stop signs and should only be used on highways. Activate innovative features such as autosteer and lane change only when you feel comfortable and never in fast-moving traffic.