In most gas-powered vehicles, you’ll notice that there’s either a manual lever, switch, or button to engage the parking brake. It’s typically made visibly obvious, as this is a key component of any car. Unfortunately, the parking brake is not as easy to find in a Tesla. Continue for steps on how to engage the parking brake in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
There are several reasons why you may want to lock the rear windows in your car. However, the primary one is typically to ensure the safety of young children. Thankfully, like most cars, Tesla’s allow you to lock them. Continue for steps on how to lock the rear windows in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
Most car manufacturers don’t allow you to set a speed limit for your vehicle and attach that setting to individual driver profiles. Lucky for you, Tesla has made that feature available and easy to configure. Whether you’re lending your vehicle to someone and want to ensure they don’t drive at high speeds, or would like to set it up for yourself, it’s good to know how this mode works. Continue for steps on how to limit the speed on a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
There are few travel companions better than your pet. It’s always a pleasure being able to bring them along, whether it’s for a long trip or just for local driving. A common concern for many is when a situation occurs where an owner must leave their animal in the car for a small amount of time. This can be dangerous, as interior cabins can heat up extremely fast. Lucky for you, Tesla has a feature called Dog Mode which solves this problem. Continue for steps on how to put your Tesla Model 3 and Model Y in Dog Mode.
A key benefit of Tesla ownership is having the robust Tesla mobile app at your fingertips. It not only acts as a key for your car, but there are several important actions you can accomplish using the app. One of the most convenient features is having the ability to start and defrost your vehicle. Continue for steps on how to defrost your Tesla Model 3 and Model Y from the Tesla app.
Most internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles have several stalks around the steering wheel. These are typically used to manage features like cruise control, wipers, and more. Tesla’s on the other hand only have two stalks, and in some of their models, they don’t have any at all. This is because most things can be done via the display. As a result, I often get questions about how to access basic controls, especially when it comes to the wipers. Continue for steps on how to access wiper controls in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
Think about what you keep in your car’s glovebox. Typically, it’s important documents like ownership and insurance papers. However, there might be times when you’d like to store valuables, cash, or something private that you don’t want others to easily have access to. While in most vehicles, you would have to hope no one opens the glovebox or places those items somewhere else completely, in your Tesla you can set a PIN. Continue for steps on how to set a PIN for the glovebox in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
The headlights on Tesla vehicles are powerful and provide great visibility for safe driving in dark conditions. The leading electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer has done an adequate job automating as much as possible, creating a seamless experience. One of these features is called Headlights After Exit which helps manage your headlights once you exit the car. Continue for steps on how to turn Headlights After Exit on or off in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
Tesla likes to keep their ownership experience as fun and lighthearted as possible. One of these silly, but enjoyable features is having the ability to change horn sounds. Every now and then, you might stumble upon a viral video of someone who has configured their horn to play a trending sound. There are always questions and comments about how it was accomplished, but the steps are never explained. Want to get in on this fun? Continue for steps on how to change the horn sounds on a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
It can be easy for your neck to get stiff if you’re sitting in a car and don’t have a soft headrest. Thankfully, the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y have three comfortable headrests in the back of the vehicle. While two of them are stiff, the rear centre head support is adjustable and can be removed if needed. Continue reading for steps on how to remove the rear centre seat head support in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
One of my favourite things to do after a road trip is to see how many kilometres I added to my car. Knowing the total distance you’ve traversed in your vehicle is important for several reasons, and also a good indicator of how much you get around via car. Continue for steps on how to check the odometer in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
What kind of driver are you? Both the Tesla Model 3 and Y can perform fast bursts of acceleration and are able to reach speeds that shouldn’t be used on normal roads regularly. Whether you prefer to zip around quickly, or like a more chill ride, these vehicles have different acceleration modes to optimize your driving experience. Continue reading for steps on how to change the acceleration mode on a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
When you finish driving your Tesla and shift into Park, the car will automatically power off when you exit your vehicle and walk away. This holds true whether you use a phone key or key card. Although it’s usually not required, there is a way to manually power the vehicle off from within the car. Continue reading for steps on how to manually turn the power off in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
If you’ve had the luxury of using a car starter, it’s one of those features that are hard to give up, especially if you’re in extreme climates. For example, it feels great when the snow is melted, and your vehicle is already warm and ready to go during cold winter nights. Tesla has taken the idea of a car starter to the next level, with their Scheduled Departure feature. Continue reading for steps on how to set up scheduled departure on a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
When I switched from an older gas-powered sedan to a Tesla, I was shocked at how much more visibility I had during night drives. Both the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y have powerful headlights that help provide visibility for safe driving in dark conditions. In fact, they’re so strong that I’ve been told off by multiple drivers who thought my high beams were on, even when the normal settings were engaged. Those drivers would be in for a surprise if they actually saw the high beams in use! Continue reading for steps on how to turn on the high beams in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
If you’re sitting in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y, it’s hard to miss the giant tablet-like centre touchscreen. Coming in at 15 inches for both models, it’s arguably one of the most important components of the car as most things are controlled through it. So, you can imagine if the touchscreen in your Tesla becomes unresponsive, you’d want to fix it immediately. Continue reading for steps on how to reboot the centre touchscreen in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
Before I got my Tesla, I had the pleasure of sitting in one a few times. The first thing the person driving would do when safe was showcase the next level acceleration. While those bursts of acceleration were thrilling, they would quickly go back to driving with the normal flow of traffic. However, if you’re a person who consistently drives at high speeds, or even takes their Tesla to a track, then you’ll want to look into changing your steering setting. Continue reading for steps on how to put your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y steering wheel in sport mode.
The automotive industry has made incredible advancements, especially over the past few decades. From fully electric vehicles (EVs) to unique engine designs, it’s impressive how far cars have come. A minor feature that most entry-level “luxury” vehicles have is auto-fold on the exterior side mirrors, typically enabled once you’ve parked and locked the car. However, there are times when you might want to disable this capability altogether. Continue reading for steps on how to turn off auto-fold mirrors on a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
Tesla’s software, combined with its excellent camera system has made it a delight to drive. The on-screen visuals will show you where all the cars around you are, including vehicles in your blind spot. They have even introduced a blind spot camera for when you indicate to switch lanes or make a turn. Through all these advancements, it can be easy to forget the importance of your exterior side mirrors. You’ll want to make sure they’re in the best position when driving, and that’s different for everyone. Continue reading for steps on how to adjust the exterior side mirrors of a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
Having head supports with your seat can help to make a car ride more comfortable for everyone. When you take delivery of a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y, you’ll notice that the rear centre head support is positioned differently from the other two seats next to it. While it may look like it’s fixed into one place, it’s in fact adjustable. Continue reading for steps on how to raise or lower the rear centre head support in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
We come in all shapes and sizes. This means for those of us who drive, we often like to have our steering wheel in a certain position. Having to adjust it can be a pain at times, especially in older vehicles. However, if you drive a Tesla then you’re in luck! They’ve made the process extremely simple. Continue reading for steps on how to adjust the steering wheel position in a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
Getting in and out of a car can be difficult for some. This includes older folks, those with physical ailments, and in some cases for individuals who are heavy-set. Having extra room to work with typically makes the process of getting into or out of your vehicle easier, but it can be annoying having to change your seat and steering wheel settings every time. Tesla has solved this problem with their feature, Easy Entry. Continue reading for steps on how to enable Easy Entry in your Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
If you find yourself in a position where you’re having a valet or someone you don’t know too well parking your car, then it can be quite nerve-wracking. There are plenty of horror stories where a valet driver crashes a luxury car doing something they weren’t supposed to. That’s why automakers like Tesla have introduced something called Valet Mode, which limits the car’s capabilities for these types of situations. Continue reading for steps on how to put your Tesla Model 3 and Model Y in Valet Mode.
When I first took delivery of my Tesla, the silence of driving without an engine took some getting used to. There are far fewer moving parts in EVs compared to gas cars which helps clear up space where the engine normally sits. This begs the question, what have automakers done with the excess area under the hood? Many have added a front trunk, also known as a frunk amongst the Tesla community. When you’re done using your frunk, there’s a correct way to put the hood back in place to avoid damage. Continue reading for steps on how to properly close the hood of a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
A key factor in any car purchasing decision is storage. Naturally, the first place most think of when it comes to storage is the trunk. One annoyance that you may come across in newer vehicles is the opening height of their automatic trunks. The cars of today mostly have fixed positions for their liftgates, which can be an issue for some. Whether the normal location is too tall, or you’re avoiding a low ceiling, being able to set it where you want is an added perk. Lucky for you, the liftgate position is adjustable for the entire Tesla lineup. Continue reading for steps on how to adjust the opening height of the trunk of a Tesla.
One of the best things about Tesla ownership is how personalized the experience can be. This is in large part thanks to having the ability to create driver profiles for those who use the car on a regular basis. To take one step further for personalization, each profile can be attached to an individual key. Continue reading for steps on how to link a driver profile to a key for your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
Tesla has created an incredible lineup of electric vehicles (EVs) that are known for their software, minimal design, and performance. However, a pleasant surprise for me when I got my Model 3 was how personalized you can make the experience for all the regular drivers of your car. This is accomplished with Driver Profiles. Continue reading for steps on how to add a new driver profile to your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
Tesla’s are known for their unique designs, minimalistic interior, and fantastic software. However, one thing that’s often overlooked with this electric car lineup is their storage capabilities. Between the frunk (front trunk) and rear trunk, which has added storage compartments, there’s plenty of cargo space – especially when the rear seats are folded. Personally, I’ve completed quite a few trips where I was able to fit small furniture and other items into my Model 3 with the seats down. Continue reading for steps on how to fold the rear seats in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
One of the largest advantages of Tesla ownership is having access to its vast network of Superchargers. When you put a destination into your Tesla Maps, it’ll add Supercharger stops if needed. However, there are times when you’ll want to find locations on your own, and this can be done quite easily from within the car. Continue reading for steps on how to find Superchargers from inside the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
Something Tesla vehicles have kept consistent for the Model 3 and Model Y is a minimal design, both on the exterior and interior of the cars. There are virtually no buttons, except for a few on the steering wheel, as the majority of actions are accomplished using the 15-inch screen or with voice commands. In most cars, the glovebox is typically opened by either pushing on it or using a handle. However, as part of Tesla’s minimalistic approach, there’s no way to physically open the glovebox. Continue reading for simple steps on how to open the glovebox in a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
As electric vehicles (EVs) continue to grow in popularity, it’s important for consumers to become educated on battery technology. While engines require regular maintenance like oil changes to prolong their life, methods like charging limits can be put in place to help increase the lifespan of an EV battery. By taking care of your battery, it’ll help keep money in your pocket since many analyses have determined that the longer you keep your EV compared to a gas car, the more savings you’ll have. So, how do you put a charging limit on your Tesla Model 3 or Y? Continue reading for details on Tesla battery chemistry and how to put a charging limit on your car.
One thing Tesla is unanimously known for is their Autopilot. As a tech enthusiast myself, I was fascinated by the software that powers this system and couldn’t wait to try it myself. While it’s far from perfect, it certainly didn’t disappoint. When I sat in the car to try it for the first time, I asked myself: how do I turn on autopilot in a Tesla? It isn’t exactly obvious, but turns out it’s quite simple. Continue reading for details on Tesla autopilot, and how to use it in your daily driving.
If you purchased a Tesla Model Y brand new, you probably remember deciding between the 19” Gemini Wheels or the 20” Induction Wheels. For those who paid close attention, you’ll have noticed that there’s a range reduction of about 19 km if you go with the induction wheels. This is because the 19” wheels come with aero covers, which help make the car more aerodynamic. However, many people don’t like the look of these covers, so they take them off. Continue reading for steps on how to take aero covers off a Tesla Model Y.
If you purchased a Tesla Model 3 brand new, you probably remember deciding between the 18” Aero Wheels or the 19” Sport Wheels. For those who paid close attention, you’ll have noticed that there’s a range reduction of about 27 km if you go with the sport wheels. This is because the 18” wheels come with aero covers, which help make the car more aerodynamic. However, many people don’t like the look of these covers, so they take them off. Continue reading for steps on how to take aero covers off a Tesla Model 3.
One thing electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers strive for is efficiency, which helps get the most range out of each car. Part of efficiency is creating an aerodynamic design, which reduces drag when driving. Tesla has accomplished an incredibly sleek and aerodynamic design with their Models 3 and Y. Something most people notice when marvelling at these two cars is the unique door handles. As a Tesla owner, I have to help people with it constantly, especially if it’s their first time entering the car. So, how do you open the doors on a Tesla Model 3 and Y? Continue reading for a comprehensive guide.