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First Tesla Drive

April 28th, 2018 · 6 Comments

I got my Tesla Model 3 yesterday, and Gisele and I took a drive up to the Mogollon Rim today to spend the afternoon with Richard, Dianna, Dale and Donna. It was very pleasant up there, though windy. Dianna made a delicious lunch for us of BBQ chicken, fruit salad and other fixings. I’m so full I think I’m going to skip dinner!

The car is lots of fun to drive, unbelievable acceleration and the autopilot works quite well.

I would have had enough battery to get there and back, but I gave some joy rides and then charged in a 240V outlet for a couple of hours. We made it back with 84 miles of range remaining of our nominal 310 miles.

I noticed a couple of interesting quirks and/or features with the autopilot.
– It tends to crowd the outside of the lane on curves, never actually crossing the lane marker, but getting close. Makes me nervous when there is a car next to me, since many people tend to hug the inner edge of the lane on curves.
– It is supposed to auto lane-change by holding the turn signal. It didn’t work at all on Highway 87, even though that is a 4-lane highway. But it did work on Loop 101 in Tempe. With a little research I found that the car knows when you are on a real freeway and only actuates auto lane change there.
– This one was a real surprise: Coming down from the rim north of Strawberry the speed limit is something like 45, but there are several hairpin curves with 20 mph warning signs. I let the car approach one of these turns and noticed that it was slowing down by itself, even though cruise control was still set for 50. It actually seems to know where the tight curves are and slows down for them.

Autopilot is very cool, and continuously improving. I wouldn’t take a nap with it yet, but it makes the trip a lot more relaxing.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Don // Apr 28, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Very cool. Glad you’ve finally got it. I know you’ve been looking forward to having a Tesla for a long time.

    We’ll have to see how it fares against my fastest vehicle. Of course it stands no chance Bwwaaaahaahahahahaha!

  • 2 Dale // Apr 28, 2018 at 10:21 pm


  • 3 Dianna // Apr 29, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Pretty cool vehicle! We all enjoyed driving/riding in it to see all the awesome things it does. Thanks for coming up to show it off to us!

  • 4 Donna // Apr 29, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Rats, did you have to bring that fancy car up and let me drive it? Now I WANT ONE!!! I’ll probably put the $1000 deposit down and see who I feel in a year when my number comes up on actually ordering.

    Seriously, it’s beautiful and a real blast to drive! It’s really all it’s cracked up to be, and more. Congrats, and drive safe!

  • 5 Donna // Apr 29, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    That should be “how I feel”.

  • 6 Daryl // May 5, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    I don’t want to know who you feel in a year!

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