Submitted by Kary993 on June 18, 2019
We went away for a long graduation weekend this past weekend and found the model 3 to be an excellent car for a road trip. Not that many of you don't already know this. But here are the big impressions that stand out both positive and negative:
1. The distance driven (my 301 mile range) was rather amazing given I was driving at around 75 mph and have 20" performance wheel and was fully loaded down with quite a bit of stuff to and from. While the overall trip was just over 500 miles the Wh/Hr average was 274. I found that quite good.
2. This was my first experience at super charging stations. Wow!!! is all I can say. Stations for 150kw. On the way there we stopped for normal eating and bathroom breaks and I tried to do so at SC stations. Found that was really not necessary as the range was quite good as mentioned in #1 and the chargers, even if we were only there for 10 minutes really pushed in the electrons eliminating any range anxiety. On the way home we did not stop once and ended up home with 17% battery driving at 75 mph which I just charged at home overnight at that point.
3. I drove about 95% of the trip on auto pilot with navigation and auto lane change. This turned out to be amazing in Los Angeles traffic and just in general relieved the stress of driving on your own. On the negative front the auto lane changing really had several annoying issues:
3a. The NoA would move over into an HOV lane because it wanted to go faster, but then realized, i guess, it was there and then wanted to move back. Sometimes it could not because there were no HOV exits. This really annoyed drivers as it methodically moved back and forth. Of course I eventually realized what it was doing and began canceling lane changes as they came up to maintain what a normal human would be doing in this case and the cases mentioned below.