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Things For Branded New Tesla Drivers: Unlocking, Driving, and Exploring the Features

by Lasfit Official April 17, 2023

Things For Branded New Tesla Drivers: Unlocking, Driving, and Exploring the Features

Tesla, Inc. is an American multinational automotive and clean energy company headquartered in Austin, Texas. It began producing the Model 3 sedan in 2017 and the Model Y crossover in 2020, which is based on the Model 3 sedan platform. With the fluctuation of gasoline prices and the increasing awareness of environmental protection, more and more people are choosing to use electric cars for transportation. Clearly, the growing sales of Tesla further confirm this fact.

There are a few considerations as you transit over from a conventional gasoline combustion engine car to this cutting-edge electric vehicle. So today, we'll go over some advice for Tesla brand-new owners in this article, including how to unlock the Tesla, get in and out, start the car, navigate the menu system, use regen braking, Autopilot, and FSD Full Self-Driving, and supercharge & leave the car.


1. Unlocking Your New Tesla

One of the biggest contrasts you'll see is how everything in a Tesla is designed around the software, making it feel like a mobile computer. When you first get your Tesla, a lot of things you're going to be doing, especially when you purchase it, is you're going to be doing everything through the Tesla app. The Tesla Model 3 & Y can be unlocked using three types of keys: key fob, key card, and phone key.


-Key Fob

The key fob is the most traditional and common way to unlock the car. It provides the function to open the front and rear trunks of the Tesla, as well as to lock, unlock, and drive the car. The physical key is necessary to carry as a backup in case the software stops operating or your phone power runs out.

Source: Tesla.com


-Key Card

Tesla provides each car with a key card that is used to "verify" the mobile key and work in conjunction with the Model 3 & Y. It can also be used to add or remove other key cards, mobile keys, or remote keys. If the battery of your mobile phone key dies or it gets lost, the key card can be used to unlock the car.

Source: Tesla.com


-Phone Key

For added convenience, you can set your personal phone as the "mobile key" and communicate with the Model 3 & Y using Bluetooth.


2. Enter and Exit the Tesla

To unlock your Tesla with the physical key, place it below where the camera is on the side pillar, and the mirrors will open up, and your door will unlock. That's about entering the car. But when you exit, there's actually a little button on the side, press the button and the door will pop open, then push it straight out.

Source: Tesla.com


3. Starting Your Tesla

Once you're inside the car, you can start it up, change the gear, and go through the menus on the screen. All your controls are based on the screen, so you can adjust the temperature, air direction, music, pedals, and steering. You can also click on the car icon on the bottom left for more controls.


4. Exploring the Menu System

It's essential to familiarize yourself with the menu system on the screen before your first drive. The menu system controls everything from the temperature in your car to music, pedals, and steering. Everything that would typically be spread across the dashboard in a traditional car is adjustable here on the screen.


5. Regen Braking

One of the most significant differences from a standard car is the regenerative braking. It implies that rather than drifting as a result of momentum, the car slows down when the accelerator is released by using the motors. The vehicle will come to a complete stop when you release the accelerator.

Source: Tesla.com


6. Autopilot and FSD Full Self-Driving

Every Tesla comes with autopilot. It doesn't necessarily come with full self-driving or FSD. You have to subscribe or you pay for it up front, but it does come with autopilot. You have to engage autopilot. One of the most innovative features of Tesla is Autopilot and FSD Full Self-Driving. Autopilot is a driver-assistance system that can handle some driving tasks, such as steering, accelerating, and braking. FSD Full Self-Driving is a more advanced system that can handle more complex driving tasks, such as navigating on-ramps and off-ramps, making turns at intersections, and changing lanes.


7. Supercharging Nice and Easy

When you need to charge your Tesla, you can use the Supercharger network, which allows you to charge your car in just a few minutes. Simply plug in the charger, and the car will start charging automatically.

When it comes to supercharging, it does not get any simpler. All you do is pull up to a supercharger, simply plug in the charger, and the car will start charging automatically. A lot of people ask how am I being charged or how am I paying for the charging. Well, normally when you set up your app, you're going to be putting a credit card or a card on file that's attached to your mobile app. So once you have that attached to your mobile app and to your account, once you plug into the car, it'll then be charged directly to that card that's on your file.


8. Exiting the Tesla

When exiting the Tesla, make sure to press the button on the side of the door to open it. Avoid using the emergency latch above the window switches, as it is not the correct way to open the door.


In conclusion, these are some of the essential tips for new Tesla owners. By following these tips, you'll be able to unlock your Tesla, enter and exit the car, start your Tesla, explore the menu system, use regen braking, use autopilot and FSD Full Self-Driving, supercharging, and exiting the Tesla.


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