How has your driving changed since you got your Tesla?

How has your driving changed since you got your Tesla?


Week 1: initially nervous, then forceful stomping of the accelerator resulting in gleeful giggles from fellow passengers, and the grin on your face. Fast turns on all kinds of roads.
Week 2: accepting racing challenges from various other cars, and winning a few, while feeling nervous and excited the same time ( looking for cops, perhaps first time in years)
Getting used to curious onlookers, giving lengthy, patient explanations of what your car is, and thumbs up signs from other Tesla owners you encounter.
still driving fast all the time.
Week 3: mellowing down, promising yourself no more racing, and trying to see if you can keep the wh/mile below 300, realizing the car is very rewarding when driven slow as well (less road noise, more calm at the end of the journey)

That's all from me so far! | 11 avril 2013

I enjoy driving again (In spite of some very nice ICE cars-- It's been a long time).

CC | 11 avril 2013

I am in that "week 3" phase of yours :) Been trying to use the least amount of energy to goto work, and trying to perfect the art of regen breaking/costing to stop signs or stop lights without touching the breaks til the very end.

RedShift | 11 avril 2013

I love not touching the brakes!!

I don't know fellas, I feel this is the way cars should have been made. From the beginning. You know?

It somehow feels more natural to drive with regen, nevermind what some reviewers have said about regen.

Dennis | 11 avril 2013

agree redshift. we've been doing it all wrong for the past 100 years. this car is a joy to drive. i evolved in a reverse fashion. i started off trying to maximize range. now i find myself stomping the accelerator all the time. i'm 47 years old but when i pull up to a red traffic light i turn into a 13 year old kid. i fly out in front of everybody and start giggling uncontrollably. it's really quite embarrassing.

noel.smyth | 11 avril 2013

agree that this is the way a car is supposed to drive.
Love regen, rarely use brakes
just now focusing on efficiency and getting below 300 wh/m
when i see a spot i want to be in, i can be there almost immediatly, could not do that before
amazing car, when gen3 comes out, then everyone will know what a car should drive like

stephen.kamichik | 11 avril 2013

Just got mine today. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! My love affair with ICE cars is over. I drive like the "old fart" that I am and the distance travelled exceeds the rated miles drop. May eventually go for a new EV distance travelled on a single charge record.

hfcolvin | 11 avril 2013

I've been driving Prius followed by Plug in Prius for years, constantly monitoring mpg, feathering the gas pedal, cringing when the ICE starts up. Now I'm like a teenager, stomping on the accelerator, whipping through turns, looking out for cops. I love it! The urge for conservation will take hold again at some point, but for now I'm enjoying the irresponsibility.

Tomas | 11 avril 2013

Week 24 (roughly 6 months since September 2012 delivery).
What I think is cool is that at first it was like,"Gee.. What a great amazing car.... for an electric car". Now it's simply, "Gee, what an amazing car"..... Period. Now I don't even think about that is electric, or that it's "lesser" in some way.... That in some way it has to make up for some short-coming for not being a normal ICE car. I now longer compare it to an ICE.... And frankly, there is NO comparison.
Now I rarely think about it.
This is a testament to Tesla Motors. Soon, I hope, driving a Tesla, or some other EV will be the norm.
I, and the earth, can't wait to see that day.
Thanks, Tesla!

RedShift | 11 avril 2013

Thomas: agreed, this is a great CAR. Period.

This was how humans were supposed to travel. Soaking up rough patches to cocoon you in luxurious comfort, yet daring you to drive faster through the sweeping curves. Silent, efficient, clean, fast, and a great driving car.

Thanks Elon for having such a big head, ( and ego, from what i have heard ) and rewarding me and a lot of others on here with such a fine means of motoring.

petero | 11 avril 2013

What is the left peddle used for?

rgp | 11 avril 2013

I find I have two very distinct driving modes, one for local trips where I couldn't care less about range and can stomp on the accelerator as much as I feel like, and one for long distance trips where it's all about maximizing the range.

Just did a long trip down the East Coast last weekend and was able to beat the rated range by just a mile or so, while still going 65-70 mph. I find there's a sort of sweet spot where you're cruising along at 70 and keeping the power consumption at roughly 20kW, i.e. 20kW/70mph which translates to 286 Wh/mi.

I find both driving modes are fun, just a different kind of fun. And when driving in range mode it's great to know that the "magic carpet ride" acceleration is still there when you need it...

Brian H | 12 avril 2013

Don't know what you need to peddle, but the left pedal is to start the car and make it come to a complete stop.

Hogfighter | 12 avril 2013

Errands are way faster. Get in the car and go, then when you're there, stop the car and get out. My kids call it the Incredible Time Machine.

Velo1 | 12 avril 2013

I am always disappointed when approaching an intersection first and the light doesn't change from green to yellow. Seems like a rarely catch red lights anymore, at least where I'm on the front row. :(

petero | 12 avril 2013

BrianH. Thanks for the correction. I'm glad you are back. After the black banana post I thought Martha Stewart moved to Canada.

hfcolvin | 12 avril 2013

@velo1 - True! I always hope to get caught first car at lights now so I can jet off the line!

Brian H | 12 avril 2013

DR brought up the subject of (green) bananas! /;)

lolachampcar | 12 avril 2013

Enhanced calm...
I also realized just how much I HATE warming up oil and coolant. Now I want to run errands where before I dreaded all the mechanical drama. It also does not heat up the garage (in FL so heat is bad) when I get home:)

Velo1 | 12 avril 2013

My wife also commented that I am most eager to run errands for her. Just last week she said we need bread and milk for tomorrow. I volunteered to go to the store. I returned with the milk, and then went back to buy the bread. what fun!

RedShift | 12 avril 2013

So, question now is: are we going to 2 EVs when gen 3 / X comes out?

( or a competitor shows up , probably less likely )

Also, do you guys realize that the Tesla supercharging network is somewhat akin to the
App ecosystem from Apple? Both are designed to keep you 'in the brand family'?

JohnQ | 12 avril 2013

To those raving about regen, remember that manual transmissions have been around for a very long time and engine braking was the norm. Same effect as regen (though quite a bit noisier).

DouglasR | 12 avril 2013

@JohnQ - As I recall, downshifting didn't put any gas back in the tank. :)

NKYTA | 12 avril 2013

+1 @Velo1

winfriedwilcke | 14 avril 2013

@johnQ ...not at all the same thing. Engine braking just turns the car's motion into wasted heat, except without using the mechanical brakes.
Regen turns car's motion into useful electrical energy, stored in the battery. As DouglasR put it nicely - an ICE with regen - if there were such a thing - would put gasoline back into the tank.

Vlnprof | 15 avril 2013

Anyone else put the car in park and instinctively move your hand to turn and remove the phantom key? I laugh at myself each time!

Nicu.Mihalache | 15 avril 2013

@ RedShift
"Also, do you guys realize that the Tesla supercharging network is somewhat akin to the
App ecosystem from Apple? Both are designed to keep you 'in the brand family'?"

They are designed for providing the best service / product out there. As it is so far better than other solutions, they tend to not be compatible with the rest, and keeping the sheep in the barn is just a side effect (and a pleasant one for those manufacturers).

Mark2131@CA-US | 15 avril 2013

I look forward to red lights now! If I'm in the front row, I will often "blast off" leaving everyone else blocks behind. However... even when I'm NOT flooring it off the line, I find the other cars just hopelessly distant in my rear view mirror. I constantly ask myself, "Is this car REALLY that fast?", or
is the rest of the world moving in slow motion.

Inevitably, the higher priced models will catch up as I stay at the speed limit, and pass me... as if to say, "See, we can go fast too... eventually!". I smile as I wait for a cop to pull THEM over.

Jon | 15 avril 2013

I have figured out how to drive my S. There are laws against speeding, but not against accelerating! When I'm in a 35mph zone, from stop I zoom right up to 35. When on the freeway, if I see an opening ahead, I zoom up into it and then go back to normal speed. A few times a Prius driver has sidled up on the freeway, gawking. I always floor it, leaving it in the dust. I don't know why; a mean streak I guess.

The other night on the 5 freeway in LA, a car came rapidly up from behind, careening around me and continuing on ahead darting around cars and finally making a 3-lane zigzag to an offramp. I recognized the familiar S taillights, and was outraged and sympathetic in the same moment. For his own sake, I hope he gets over it.

-Pasadena, CA

RedShift | 15 avril 2013

I used to 'tempt' the California highway patrol in an adjacent lane by accelerating to legal speeds very quickly at red lights. It was fun to watch the CHP start to follow me, only for me to go steady at the speed limit.

That was in my BMW.

However, after reading about the thread on 'whether you can get a ticket for accelerating'
I am not do sure I'd want to temp fate. Even though my MS is quite a drag race beast.

kw1 | 15 avril 2013

Much to my surprise I have found that the favorite part of my drive is the freeway on ramp.

RedShift | 15 avril 2013

OTOH, I have 'chased' an unsuspecting Sports car or two on the on ramp. It always fun to get them to go at 85-90 only for me to resume my legal speed cruise. :-) I am like a lion chasing a wildebeest.

DouglasR | 15 avril 2013

I was driving on a fairly curvy two-lane road, behind a car that was going slower than I wanted to go. When the road straightened a bit, and I could see it was clear ahead for a few hundred yards, I pulled out and quickly passed. My passenger yelled "whoa!," but I was back in my lane before he could finish his outburst. It felt so incredibly safe to spend such a short amount of time in the oncoming lane.

Suprkar | 15 avril 2013

The Oil/Gasoline companies took away my enjoyment of driving with their price gouging . Well I just took it back. Now I don't grind my teeth every time I pass a Gasoline Station. I give them the salute they deserve. This car is fun to drive!!! And my driving has changed, I drive like I was 18 years old again.

scole04 | 15 avril 2013

I loved driving before but I LOVE driving now. Thanks tesla ^_^

DanielR | 15 avril 2013

@Mark 2131: I also look forward to red lights now, but for an additional reason. It gives me time to play with the center console.
Another acquired behavorial pattern: always putting items in the frunk (as opposed to the rear storage). Love to watch people's expressions, particularly if they are close enough to realize there is no motor.

Velo1 | 15 avril 2013

So do any of you go out hunting with your Model S? I mean, just getting out on the highways looking for someone to play with? Getting kicks from those little acceleration races?

cb9 | 15 avril 2013

Agree with those stages, and I still regress, especially when showing the car off.

+1 on passing, I spend a lot of time on a rural road that also supports a lot of cyclists and it is so nice to know that I can pass them in an instant- before someone flies around a curve in the other direction. Since I used to be one of those cyclists, I also like the fact that I am not spewing exhaust in their faces or ruining their peaceful ride.

And I used to get so annoyed at people who pull out in front of me and made me break, now, no problem, I can regen, another reason the Tesla is good for my mental health.

Velo1 | 15 avril 2013


Big +1. I am one of those cyclists, plus you'll go by without the noise, too.

July10Models | 15 avril 2013

I gave my 82 yo aunt a ride to visit her blind sister and another aunt in the nursing home. This was a quiet Sunday afternoon with moderate traffic on the freeways. I didn't say a word about the car the entire drive there and back. At the end of the trip my aunt finally commented on the car, "this car dominates the road. It is very must be really expensive?" No aunty it is not that expensive but it is electric. "I can't wait to tell my husband I was in the electric car he keeps talking about. He is going to want to come with us next Sunday." Tesla smiles spreading like wild fires.

Brian H | 15 avril 2013

Take the blind sister for a spin. Her responses would be fascinating.