Driving a Model Y makes my life a lot easier

I am a new Tesla owner. I’ve been driving the shiny new white Model Y for two weeks, and while I have a lot to learn about the many settings available through the touchscreen – likely an ongoing process – I now know that driving a Tesla life is much easier.

This article tells us a little bit about what I have learned so far about driving the Model Y. I am also quite receptive to old Tesla owners who have read this article and want to add their hints as to what works well for them while driving their own Teslas. Humans are social creatures, after all, and we learn best from each other. Tell me what I need to know – kindly of course. 🙂

I owned a Nissan Leaf for several years before buying a Tesla. I had other experiences driving electric cars as well. I sat behind the wheel of a Model 3 and tried to turn on autopilot on it. I tested the Volkswagen e-Golf on Electric Vehicle Owners’ Day in Hyannis. I drove the Chevy Bolt with the Global EV Road Trip as part of the introduction of EV chargers to the Middle East. I maneuvered through Miami in an all-electric MINI before launching in the US.

So, many areas of electric vehicles were familiar to me when I acquired Tesla. However, I had many questions about the Model Y. The self-questioning about my ability to navigate along Florida roads continued even as the shuttle driver was driving me down I-95 toward Tesla West Palm Beach on delivery day. More important than simply wondering about getting into the car with the phone key and spare credit card, I wasn’t sure if I could be a truly competent driver while meticulously using the touch screen to adjust the settings.

Driving a Model Y for the first time as an owner

Now that I’ve driven the Model Y multiple times on different roads, I know it’s an entity in itself, unrivaled off-brand.

Getting into the car with my iPhone: I found accessing the Model Y a bit clumsy for the first several driving sessions, having to keep my iPhone with me the whole time. So far, I haven’t worked 24/7, feel free to call me anytime. Having space for myself is important. Also, I’m not a girly girl, so I don’t carry a handbag (“Doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with that”). I made a compromise and bought a small iPhone carrying case that also contained my wallet – it has a clear back, so I can open car doors with my iPhone screen without removing it or having to hold my iPhone in my hand.

Driver Profile Settings: When sitting in the driver’s seat, I look at the touchscreen to see if my driver profile is up to date. If not, I click on my name and the seat adjustment feature instantly moves the seat so my height and leg length are just right for my stature. It also redirects the steering wheel to the level and distance from my body that I prefer, and folds/unfolds the side mirrors when I’m in or away from the garage.

Wireless car charging on iPhone: I was amazed and delighted to learn from Jonathan, my customer service rep on the day of the delivery, that my iPhone could be positioned well so that it would wirelessly recharge while I was driving. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of dilemmas where navigation drains the device’s power and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find the intended location. You’ve now crossed the iPhone charging level off the list of concerns – wireless charging is a really cool and unexpected feature for the Model Y.

Mobility: Even when I’m driving on familiar roads, I like to use the navigation feature to determine lane changes and distances from control points. Since the touch screen is always on something, I no longer care about using GPS charging. I’m programming the navigation system much more than ever. It makes driving easier, as I can now see the important features that lie ahead.

Seeing touch screen information: As a passenger on the first ride in a Model Y, I thought the touchscreen was too busy and didn’t emphasize important information the driver needed to make a quick decision. I have completely changed my mind now that I am comfortable as a driver. When I look to the right of the steering wheel, I see on the touchscreen a reading of my speed and an accompanying icon indicating the maximum legal speed for this part of the road. These are the two main pieces of information I need.

infotainment system: A screen with preset radio stations that makes driving a Tesla and changing the atmosphere a breeze, providing a playlist of all your saved favourites. If I want to change from, say, all the news to classic radio, I touch the desired station in the list. I’m also in the first stage of figuring out how to add podcasts that haven’t already been uploaded. For example, I was able to upload Boston public With Jim Braude and Margery Eagen as a way to connect with events in my former home in New England.

Shipping: I have charged in the apartment garage with our own socket and in the city garage. It is very similar to the paper, if a little nicer with slightly flashing colored lights indicating successful seating of the port connector. The charge level is now set to around 80% not to exceed the recommended normal charging.

vegan leather seats: As a longtime vegan, it’s really nice to be back in a car with “leather”. The seats are soft and silky, great to the touch and cool – feel totally luxurious. The choice of black interior color balances the white exterior nicely.

Parallel parking: Parallel parking has never been so easy! When I push the gearshift level up and back, the touchscreen fills with a panoramic picture of my surroundings. Lines appear that indicate objects are approaching the car, so turn the wheel and follow those lines. there he is! I’m standing up.

Next steps for driving a Tesla

Yes, I still have several next steps I’d like to digest in my quest to really feel like I’m proficient with the Tesla touchscreen.

Autopilot: I watched the videos before the EV acquisition, but now I feel like I need to re-watch them before participating in the autopilot features. However, since I’ll be taking a multi-hour road trip soon, I can’t wait long.

Driver profile, air conditioning vents: I understand that Tesla provides an option in the driver profile to lock the exact direction I want the driver’s air conditioning vents to target. Because I live in Florida, this is an important thing. Also, I would like to learn how to turn off the air conditioner completely – I really like being in harmony with nature, so opening the windows whenever possible is my default.

Information and entertainment: I have a free year of Premier – what does that mean? If I find an icon with a type of music I like, how can I make it a favourite?

Final thoughts on driving a Tesla

Now that you look back, it makes sense that buying a new high-tech car would be a bit motivating. But I’m really proud to be part of the Tesla family, supporting a company that has disrupted an old industry with a new business model and consumer approach.

I will admit that this is the largest amount I have ever paid for a car; I’ve always thought that buying a car represented an immediate loss of value after I kicked it out of the dealer’s yard. Was it better to win the lottery? Sure, but I feel that buying a Tesla is a value, a value very different from other car purchases.

My journey to becoming a fully skilled driver began at Tesla. Because driving a Tesla has made my life easier, I’m looking forward to learning more and more. If you have other settings that worked well for you, please add a comment. It will help me and other new Tesla owners.


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